2014-01-02 / Front Page

Mayor Peterson leaving council

Longtime city council member, mayor done


Mayor David Peterson, at left, accepts a plaque of appreciation from City Manager Sheila Aldrich while Manistique City Police Chief Ken Golat, center, and water/wastewater Superintendent Corey Barr look on. 
Courtesy photo Mayor David Peterson, at left, accepts a plaque of appreciation from City Manager Sheila Aldrich while Manistique City Police Chief Ken Golat, center, and water/wastewater Superintendent Corey Barr look on. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – The Manistique City Council bid farewell to its mayor last week, following the final meeting of 2013. Council members also appointed a new councilperson to serve out the remainder of Jack Hoag’s term, who resigned in September.

According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, Mayor David Peterson’s absence will be felt by both the council and city.

“He went right from being retired from working for the city to the next year serving on city council,” she said. “He certainly was good to work for and good for the city.”

Peterson had worked for the Manistique Department of Public Safety, eventually retiring as its police chief. Then, in 2004, he was appointed to city council and was elected mayor in 2005.

He was presented with a plaque commemorating his service during the council meeting.

“It’s been a good run, and I wish the city well,” Peterson said. “We have great employees, a good city manager, a great city council. I’m sure they’ll carry on just fine without me – the city is in good hands.

It’s been a good 41-plus years,” he added.

In other business, Manistique resident Bill Vandagriff was appointed to serve out the remainder of Hoag’s term, which ends in 2015. He, new council member Liz Hill, and longtime member Jan Jeffcott will be sworn in during the council’s organizational meeting in January. From there, the council will elect a new mayor and mayor pro-tem.

Council also voted last week to appoint resident Alan Ott to the Planning and Zoning Commission board.

The next meeting will be held on January 13 at 7 p.m.

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