Royal Oak swears in first Black city commissioner
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Monica Hunt was sworn in Monday night as the first Black city commissioner in Royal Oak. Hunt was chosen from more than 30 applicants to fill the vacancy left by Randy LeVasseur, who resigned in November. Hunt’s term expires in November. From the city: Meet Royal Oak’s Newest Member of the City Commission Monica HuntRelated: Royal Oak city commissioner Kim Gibbs dies following car crash
Royal Oak city commissioner Kim Gibbs dies following car crash
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Commissioner Kim Gibbs died Thursday after suffering a seizure following a car crash. On Aug. 5, her mother went to her home after family members reported she wasn’t responding to text messages or phone calls. Gibbs was found unconscious and was rushed Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, where never regained consciousness. Whether the seizure Gibbs suffered was due to the accident or other health concerns is presently unknown. More information can be found on the official Royal Oak website here.
'I take full responsibility’: Royal Oak City Commissioner Kim Gibbs arrested for retail fraud
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Royal Oak City Commissioner Kim Gibbs was arrested and accused of retail fraud on Wednesday. READ: Royal Oak city commissioners vote to censure member who attended ‘Operation Gridlock’Statement on behalf of Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs Regarding misdemeanor shoplifting:"Former Royal Oak City Attorney Charles Semchena, Jr. released the following statement today, May 6, 2020 on behalf of current Royal Oak City Commissioner Kimberly Gibbs. Unfortunately, Kim Gibbs made a serious indiscretion today at a local Meijer store. A combination of many external factors led to me taking items from the Meijer store without paying for all of them. Michiganders, and people around the country, are suffering with the economic and personal pain COVID has brought to every one of us.
Royal Oak city commissioners vote to censure member who attended ‘Operation Gridlock’
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Royal Oak city commissioners voted to censure a commissioner who attended Operation Gridlock, a protest against Michigan’s coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home order, earlier this month. READ: ‘Operation Gridlock’ -- Michigan stay-at-home order protested in LansingA censure is a formal condemnation. Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier called for Gibbs to resign after learning she attended the protest, saying she broke the law. She has filed a police report and is receiving protection from Royal Oak police after she said she was getting harassing phone calls, text messages and emails. MORE: Commissioner seeks police protection after attending ‘Operation Gridlock’Commissioners held a virtual meeting where they heard comments regarding the incident on Tuesday before voting 5-2 to pass the censure.
Royal Oak City Commissioner Gibbs seeks police protection after attending ‘Operation Gridlock’
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – City Commissioner Kim Gibbs is receiving protection services from Royal Oak police after filing a police report for allegedly receiving harassing phone calls, texts and emails. This news comes after Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier called for Gibbs’ resignation after she attended the “Operation Gridlock” protest in Lansing last week. MORE: ‘Operation Gridlock’ -- Michigan stay-at-home order protested in LansingFournier asked Gibbs to resign after saying her participation was illegal and put lives at risk. “I attended Operational Gridlock at the Capitol to support the voices of small business owners and their employees,” said Gibbs. “Commissioner Gibbs willfully violated the law and put countless lives at risk.
Royal Oak mayor calls for city commissioner’s resignation after attending ‘Operation Gridlock’
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier is calling for the resignation of Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs after she attended a protest in Lansing on Wednesday. Mayor Fournier asked Gibbs to resign from her position as a Royal Oak Commissioner, saying she broke the law by participating in Wednesday’s protest. She lacks the judgment and empathy to serve the people of Royal Oak,” Fournier said. If she cares about Royal Oak she will resign so we can begin healing from this black eye she has placed upon us. “As of today (Thursday), Royal Oak has lost 14 of our own to this virus.