Ann Arbor DDA parts ways with director after closed-session performance review
ANN ARBOR, MI — Jeff Watson, Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Authority executive director, has left his post after less than a year on the job. Watson’s employment with the DDA concluded Wednesday, Dec. 7, when he and the DDA board agreed to part ways after a closed-session performance review, officials said. Wednesday’s DDA board meeting included a closed session at Watson’s request to discuss his performance review, a human resources audit report and attorney-client privileged communication. He previously was Dearborn’s director of community and economic development and replaced longtime Ann Arbor DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:What’s that in downtown Ann Arbor?mlive.com
Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout
Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday’s deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday.
Ann Arbor DDA extends search for new executive director after 2 candidates drop out
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is extending its search for a new executive director after two candidates dropped out. The DDA’s executive search committee last week decided to invite six candidates for interviews July 12-13, but two of the invited candidates have withdrawn from consideration for personal reasons, DDA officials announced Friday, July 9. “Our interim executive director is doing a great job of keeping the important business of the DDA going,” DDA Chair Tyler Kinley said in a statement. GovHR USA and i4x, the DDA’s search consultants, will continue to recruit candidates through August and the search committee now plans to review and schedule interviews for current and additional candidates in September and October. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Group sets sights on bringing food trucks to Ann Arbor’s future central park siteAnn Arbor OKs high-density zoning for transit corridors, but not without dramaHistoric District Commission clears way for demolition and pollution cleanup in Ann ArborBob Johnson, former Ann Arbor councilman and land preservationist, dies at 83Ann Arbor gives initial OK to new law standing up for renter rightsmlive.com
Dbacks bop Rockies 13-7; Blackmon hitless, drops under .500
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks battered the Colorado Rockies 13-7 Wednesday in a Coors Field slugfest featuring 34 hits, but none by blistering Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 for the Rockies. Blackmon was on deck when Trevor Story, who doubled twice and singled, grounded into a game-ending double play. Rockies: Following an off day Thursday, the Rockies begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days starting Friday night in a series opener against the Texas Rangers. Colorado RHP Ryan Castellani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to start against the Rangers RHP Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.16 ERA).