Flint economic development director picked as deputy mayor of Pontiac
FLINT, MI -- The mayor of Pontiac wants Flint’s economic development director to become his deputy mayor, overseeing day-to-day operations of city government there. Pontiac Mayor Tim Greimel announced the appointment in a Dec. 23 Facebook post, noting that the appointment of Khalfani Stephens is subject to confirmation by the Pontiac City Council. He will be a great leader in our office for residents.”Stephens was appointed economic development director in Flint in February 2020 by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. Stephens is a Pontiac native who previously served as executive director of the Clayton County, Georgia, development authority; as economic development director for the city of Farmington Hills; as business development manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and, as executive director of the Pontiac Growth Group. Read more:Flint names new economic development directorInterim Flint DDA director in limbo after council fails to confirm appointmentFlint industrial park gets tax break for planned $14M expansion, renovationmlive.com
Pontiac’s Newly Elected Mayor Tim Greimel Says Relationship with City Council Top Priority
Tim Greimel is the former state House Democratic leader and also served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners from 2007 to 2012. “The biggest obstacle to moving Pontiac forward is and has been a discord between the mayor and city council,” he says. “A key question is going to be the working relationship between the mayor and city council.”He says building a new youth recreation center is another top priority in this term as mayor. He was critical of Pontiac’s lack of a permanent youth recreation center during his campaign. Both Greimel and Riley have been critical of how Pontiac has failed to spend funds from a 2018 youth recreation millage.wdet.org
Pontiac mayoral race: Waterman files lawsuit to stay on ballot, challenge filed against Greimel
Mayor Deirdre Waterman’s campaign has filed a lawsuit to keep her on the ballot after the head of the Oakland County Elections Division said she would not appear because of outstanding campaign finance reports.