Government of Flint, Michigan
The City of Flint has operated under at least four charters (1855, 1888, 1929, 1974). The City is currently run under its 1974 charter that gives the city a Strong Mayor form of government. It is also instituted the appointed independent office of Ombudsman, while the city clerk is solely appointed by the City Council. The City Council is composed of members elected from the city's nine wards.
The City is currently run under a Receivership Transition Advisory Board as of 2015 as the State of Michigan has declared a state of local government financial emergency as December 1, 2011. The Receivership Transition Advisory Board must approve all financial matters approved by the city council and mayor.
In June 2018, an Administrative Hearings Bureau, or Blight Hearings Bureau, was started through a grant to handle blight hearings generated from blight citations given by the city's Blight Elimination Division. Attorney T.W. Feaster was appointed the first administrative hearing officer of the bureau. There were a backlog since 2013 of about 7,000 complaints.
Other principal officers
- See Also Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
|1855||Levi Walker||Elihu F. Frary||Cornelius Roosevelt|
|1856||Chas. B. Higgins||John C. Griswold||Joshua Vose|
|1857||M.L. Higgins||George F. Hood||Nathaniel Dodge|
|1858||Charles Hascall||Cyrus H. Golf|
|1860||Lewis G. Bickford||John A. Kline||George Andrews|
|1861||L.R. Buckingham||J.A. Owens|
|1863||H. R. Lovell||Anson S. Withee||J.D. Morehouse|
|1864||Alvin T. Crossman||L.G. Buckingham|
|1866||William W. Barnes|
|1867||George R. Gold||John S. Freeman|
|1869||Anson S. Withee||William A. Miller|
|1871||Chas. E. McAlester||Samuel B. Wicks|
|1872||Francis H. Rankin, Sr.|
|1873||Solomon V. Hakes|
|1874||Francis H. Rankin, Sr.|
|1877||Francis H. Rankin, Sr.||Charles C. Beahan||Samuel B. Wicks|
|1879||J.B.F. Curtis||Jared Van Vleet|
•In 1876, the office of City Recorder was abolished and replaced with a city council appointed city clerk.
In 1929, the city adopted a new city charter with a council-manager form of government. In 1935, the city residents approved a charter amendment establishing the Civil Service Commission. The three-member Civil Service Commission had complete control over all personal matters leaving the city manager powerless to hire and fire. The Commission powers were reduced in the 1974 charter.
|Year||City Manager||Deputy City
|1963—1965||James W. Rutherford|
|Jul 2002 - Jun 2004||Ed Kurtz||John Engler|
|Dec 2011 - Aug 2012||Michael Brown||Rick Snyder|
|Aug 2012 - July 2013||Ed Kurtz||Rick Snyder|
|July 2013 - October 2013||Michael Brown||Rick Snyder|
|October 2013 - January 2015||Darnell Earley||Rick Snyder|
|January 2015–April 30, 2015||Jerry Ambrose||Rick Snyder|
|1855||William Moon||William Eddy||John C. Griswold||Ashael Fuller||William Hamilton||David Foot |
|1856||Thomas McElhany||George Andrews||James McAlester|
|1857||William Baker||John A. Kline||John W. Palmer|
|1858||John S. Ryno||Benjamin Pearson||Chas. H. Cudney|
|1860||Benjamin F. Golf||William Miller|
|1861||L. Bradford||S. C. Smith||William Bloomer|
|1862||A.M. Hurd||L. Buckingham||Josiah Pratt|
|1863||L. H. Roberts||James D. Haight|
|1864||David Watson||Theo. Simons||L. Buckingham|
|1866||William W. Joyner||Leonard Weason||Jacob B. Covert|
|1867||Orson B. Gibson||Edmond Curtis|
|1868||William O. Bassett||William Boomer|
|1869||Jno. C. Clement||Josiah Pratt||Josiah Pratt (?)|
|1870||Robert W. Dullam||L. H. Robert||Silas Austin|
|1871||Robert Patrick, Sr.||Almon Reynolds||George Stanard|
|1872||S. B. Wicks||Henry Stanley|
|1873||Edmond Curtis||L. Buckingham||Henry Thayer|
|1876||John Andrews||Augustus Root|
|1877||John C. Dayton||D. C. Andrews|
|1878||Thomas Sullivan||M. H. White|
|1879||Alfred Ingalls||William Pidd|
|1st||1855||J.W. Armstrong||George W. Dewey||Benjamin Pearson||David Mather||William M. Fenton||Alvin T. Crosman|
|2nd||1856||H. W. Wood||? (George W. Dewey)||Charles Rice||? (David Mather)||Henry Higgins||? (Alvin T. Crosman)|
|3rd||1857||? (H. W. Wood)||C.S. Payne||? (Charles Rice)
|Samuel N. Warren||? (Henry Higgins)||George W. Fish|
|4th||1858||Jno. C. Allen||Samuel B. Wicks||G.W. Skidmore|
|6th||1861||? (Jno. C. Allen)||Oscar Adams||? (Samuel B. Wicks)||William Hamilton||? (J. Skidmore)||William Patterson|
|7th||1861||Alexander McFarland||? (Oscar Adams)||Edward C. Turner||? (William Hamilton)||William Clark||? (William Patterson)|
|8th||1862||? (Alexander McFarland)||David Spencer Fox||? (Edward C. Turner)||William Hamilton||? (William Clark)||Paul H. Stewart|
|9th||1863||O.F. Forsyth||Edward C. Turner||I. N. Eldridge||David Foote|
|10th||1864||William Stevenson||Hiram Parsell|
|11th||1865||George H. Durand|
|13th||1866||John Hawley||I. N. Eldridge||Summer Howard|
|14th||1867||Abner Randall||William Hamilton||Charles Smith|
|15th||1868||Orson B. Gibson|
|16th||1869||F.W. Judd||Orson B. Gibson||F.H. Pierce|
|17th||1870||M.S. Elmore||Wilson S. Tousey||W. O'Donoughue|
|18th||1871||Damon Stewart||John Willett||W.Buckingham||J.R. Chambers||Chas. D. Smith|
|19th||1872||Samuel C. Randall||William Dullam||J.B.F. Curtis||Edward B. Clapp||Josiah W. Begole||James Williams|
|20th||1873||Benj. Cotharin||H.C. Spencer||P. Cleveland, Jr.|
|21st||1874||William R. Morse|
|22nd||1875||Thomas Page||Williams Fobes||Chris Becker|
|23rd||1876||Chas. A. Mason||Henry Brown||Chas. D. Smith|
|24th||1877||Andrew J. Ward||William A. Atwood||William A. Burr||J. Zimmerman|
|25th||1878||S.N. Androus||Henry C. Walker||Jos. M. Corkey|
|26th||1879||George L. Caldwell||? (Thomas Page)||? (S.N. Androus)||? (William A. Atwood)||? (Jos. M. Corkey)||A.R. Michaels|
† To fill vacancy
|1974 to 1983||John W. Northrup (ward unknown)|
|1983 to 1985||John W. Northrup (ward unknown)||Jack Minore|
|1985-1991||John W. Northrup (ward unknown)||Jack Minore||Scott Kincaid|
|1991-January 1997||John W. Northrup (ward unknown)||Peggy R. Cook||Jack Minore||Scott Kincaid|
|January 1997 to 1998||Peggy R. Cook||Jack Minore||Scott Kincaid|
|1998 to 2004||Peggy R. Cook||Scott Kincaid|
|2004 to 2005||Joshua Freeman||Scott Kincaid|
|2005–2007||Darryl Buchanan||Jackie Poplar||Kerry Nelson||Sandy Hill||Carolyn Sims||Sheldon Neeley||Jim Ananich||Ehren Gonzales||Scott Kincaid|
|2007–2009||Delrico Loyd||Jackie Poplar||Kerry Nelson||Sandy Hill||Carolyn Sims||Sheldon Neeley||Jim Ananich||Ehren Gonzales||Scott Kincaid|
|2009–2013||Delrico Loyd||Jacqueline Poplar||Bryant Nolden||Joshua Freeman||Bernard Lawler||Sheldon Neeley||Dale Weighill||Michael Sarginson||Scott Kincaid |
|2013-2017||Eric Mays||Bryant Nolden (2013-1/2015; VP 2013-2014)
Kerry Nelson, President (2015-2016)
||Wantwaz Davis, Vice President (2014-2015)||Herbert Winfrey||Monica Galloway||Vicki VanBuren, Vice President (2015-2016)||Scott Kincaid, president (2013-2014)|
- President and vice president are selected in November.
Receivership Transition Advisory Board
The Receivership Transition Advisory Board was appointed by Governor Snyder after the city exited direct control of the emergency manager in its second Financial emergency in Michigan.
|Fred Headen||chair||April 30, 2015|
|Brian Larkin ||October 28, 2015|
|Robert McMahan ||January 20, 2016|
|Mike Finney||January 19, 2016||May 26, 2017|
|Michael Townsend||January 21, 2016|
|Paul Newman||May 26, 2017|
Charter Review Commission
|member 1974||position |
|Carl L Bekofske||chairman|
|leroy Nichols||vice chairman|
|John H. West|
|Charles A. Greene|
|James P. Hanley|
|Philip D. Marvin|
|Banius C. Hedrick|
|John D. Cherry||Vice chair||May 18, 2015 - May 18, 2018|
|Brian Larkin||May 18, 2015 - October 28, 2015|
|Cleora Magee||chair||May 18, 2015 - May 18, 2018|
|Quincy Murphy||December 17, 2015 - May 18, 2018|
|1855||Charles N. Beecher|
|1857||George S. Hopkins|
|1858||Francis Baker||William Lyons||George S. Hopkins|
|1860||W. O'Donoughue||Samuel N. Warren||L.G. Buckingham|
|1861||D.S. Freeman||George S. Hopkins|
|1862||John C. Clement|
|1865||Josiah W. Begole|
|1867||Paul H. Stewart|
|1869||Andrew B. Chapin||Paul H. Stewart|
|1871||George E. Newall||George W. Thayer|
|1872||Cornelius Roosevelt||George L. Walker|
|1875||S. Mathewson||Ephraim S. Williams|
|1876||James Van Vleet|
|1878||L.C. Witney||Albert Crosby|
The City Ombudsman is a charter independent office of the city appointed by the City Council in a 2/3 votes to a seven-year term. A police ombudsman, Richard Dicks, predated the current charter position and was appointed in 1969.
|08/17/94-04/08/96||Darryl Buchanan||He was remove from office by the City Council but was returned to office after a lawsuit and finished his term.|
|05/8/2006-12/2/2011||Brenda L. Purifoy||Remove from office by the Emergency Manager Michael Brown|
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