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Ypsilanti's City Manager Resigns

Mar 7, 2019

Ypsilanti City Manager Darwin McClary
Credit City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Manager, Darwin McClary, has resigned.

The decision came following a special Ypsilanti City Council meeting on Thursday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Mayor Beth Bashert about what was behind the resignation.

The meeting was called over McClary’s choice for the city’s new fire chief.

McClary had chosen a white candidate from outside the city, while many in Ypsilanti favored the city’s current interim fire chief, Ken Hobbs, who is black.

30 minutes of public comment were held before the council went behind closed doors to discuss the issue further.

The special meeting was called without officially notifying Mayor Bashert.

The mayor voiced concerns about the lack of transparency in scheduling the meeting.

City Council, including Mayor Bashert, voted unanimously to accept McClary’s resignation.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu