Warren City Council investigates Fouts over ‘secret’ hiring of Republican political consultant
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. During work hours, he routinely uses Facebook and Twitter to make political statements. “When Jim Fouts was on city council, he railed against political consultants working at city hall. He has become the very thing he swore to destroy.”The Legal Affairs Subcommittee met Monday morning and referred the issue to a meeting of the full city council at 6 p.m. Tuesday.Council members say Fouts violated the city charter by keeping the appointment a secret. In June 2020, Warren City Council eliminated the job of Amanda Mika , whose salary more than doubled since she was caught holding hands with Fouts in 2014.metrotimes.com
Staff shortage leads to overtime budget concerns for Warren Fire Department
WARREN, Mich. – The city of Warren is struggling to find firefighters, leading to enormous overtime for the ones still on the job. As Michigan’s third largest city, Warren has six fire stations to help protect more than 40,000 residential housing units. According to latest statistics, the Warren Fire Department respond to about 15,000 calls and between 3,000 to 4,000 fires a year. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said only a few took the overtime, leading to three fire personnel making more than $200,000 each for the year and three more making more than $190,000. Michigan’s Capitol Confidential, which first reported the story, said two employees logged more than 2,000 hours of overtime and nine others surpassed 1,000 hours.
Warren seeking public input on proposed lawsuit settlement to award 28 marijuana licenses
WARREN, Mich – The city of Warren finds itself in legal trouble after a Macomb County judge ruled that its marijuana licensing process under the former city council was done in secret and violated the Open Meetings Act. Warren is currently being sued by 31 marijuana business owners over that process. Wednesday night, the current Warren City Council was presented with a settlement which includes 28 new licenses instead of the original 15. READ: Controversy continues over medical marijuana dispensaries licensing process in WarrenA map of the proposed settlement shows businesses clustered along Dequindre Road and Groesbeck Highway. Residents can email the city council at Citycouncil@cityofwarren.org to express their thoughts and opinions on the settlement.
Mayor Fouts accused of violating state law over campaign-funded flyers opposing reduced term limits
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. “There are many donors to the Mayor’s re-election committee that may not approve of their donations being used to fight a city ballot proposal.”On Nov. 3, Warren residents will vote on a ballot proposal to reduce mayoral term limits from five four-year terms to three. Other elected officials in Warren are limited to three terms.In August 2016, voters approved extending the mayoral term limits from three to five. But since then, Fouts has come under fire for racist, sexist, and misogynistic comments captured on audio recordings.If the ballot measure is approved, Fouts likely would be prevented from running for a fifth term in 2023.This isn't the first time Fouts has been accused of violating campaign finance laws. In July 2018, the Michigan Secretary of State's Office determined he violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act for turning a State of the City speech into a fundraiser for a Political Action Committee.Fouts, who has been accused of violating campaign finance laws in the past, could not be reached Tuesday morning for comment.metrotimes.com
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts upset after city council cuts his personal assistants job position
WARREN, Mich. Budget cuts have left the mayor of Warren without one of his closest aides. Last week, the city council cut the position of an executive assistant to mayor Jim Fouts. READ: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts warns businesses to enforce social distancing guidelinesAmanda Mika, was the mayors executive assistant and made $90,000 a year. You did in fact this evening remove my position from the budget, Mika said at a June 26 council meeting. There are no games being played in the budget, Green said.