City Council Member Stunned Over New Leadership

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX) With a new year comes new leadership, and apparently new alliances at the Lansing City Council.

Thursday the City Council swore in a new president, which is not Kathie Dunbar. Dunbar thought she made a deal with previous president Brian Jefferies last year that she would succeed him. So Dunbar was stunned when Carol Wood was named the new boss Thursday.

"It took two days last year, two whole days to have this really detailed agreement. I hoped people had honored their word," said Dunbar.

Jefferies says he turned his back on the agreement because he felt she missed too many council meetings.

"We spent 1 hour and 1/2 going over expectations we thought were going to occur and didn't. Based on those conversations that wasn't the best way to go," said Jefferies.

In the end Dunbar lost 5 to 3. Wood says the budget is the first thing on her agenda.

"First and foremost I will be tackling the deficit. Making sure we are only having services we can pay for," said Wood.

But some members believe there will be a lot of internal conflicts ahead.

Jefferies notes that Wood and Mayor Virg Bernero have butted heads many times, and said he made sure Wood swore to play nice.

"Sparks fly between Carol and Mayor. I have a confirmation from her that she is going to work with the mayor in a reasonable way," said Jefferies.

The new leadership takes over at council's first meeting of the year- January 14th, 7pm at City Hall.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 10, 2013 at 01:33 PM
    Well I for one can admit, that I do not keep up with the city council like i should but and not even sure who this other woman is but I for one am not impressed at all with Carol Wood, this is a woman who is against putting lansing cameras on our streets. that would be able to help those whos houses keep getting broken into, those shooting guns(which seems like every night) She seems to only be worried about her and hers alone. What about the city as a whole? what about the crime and this nothing but on the rise in time choose someone who will fight for a difference, take a pay cut if nessesary to help our city..anything.
  • by Thomas Location: Tocantani on Jan 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM
    Carol Wood is as good choice for Lansing. I'm happy with this direction. Good job city council.
  • by Steve Location: Dewitt on Jan 6, 2013 at 06:37 AM
    I found (and find) Dunbar to be rude and condescending. It doesn’t surprise me that she got out maneuvered and I think its the best thing for Lansing. She is a hater!
  • by Greg on Jan 4, 2013 at 03:18 AM
    More soap in Lansing than Proctor & Gamble and TV combined. lol As the City spins?
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 3, 2013 at 07:37 PM
    politics at its best.
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