Potterville to address three crucial questions at council meeting

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POTTERVILLE, MI (AP) - A small town in mid-Michigan has three enormous problems to deal with simultaneously at three crucial positions.

Potterville City Hall where community leaders will meet to discuss crucial staffing decisions on May 16, 2019.

Currently, Potterville has some pretty important positions either vacant or filled on an interim basis.

This situation started back in August of 2018.

That is when former city manager Wanda Darrow was removed after being accused of mismanaging city funds.

This week, she and her son were charged, following an investigation.

In late April of this year, three members of the city's fire department resigned, including the department's chief and deputy chief.

In addition to the fire department's leaders resigning.

Both of the city's fire trucks are out of commission.

Since then, the Potterville Fire Department stopped sending out its equipment.

The city is trying to decide if it should replace them or dissolve the fire department and contract with another community.

At this time, Potterville is being covered by the Benton Township Fire Department.

Then earlier this month, Police Chief Shane Bartlett was placed on administrative leave while he faces multiple charges.

A police department personnel review is on the city council's agenda tonight.

But that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

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