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Bay City Council held a special meeting Wednesday, June 24, to discuss Chance Steffey’s resignation from the city manager and public works director positions. The city also extended the state of emergency declaration through Aug. 11.

Steffey resigned from both positions Monday, June 22.

“When I took the public works position, I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for a local boy to come back home and help give back to the community that I have always called home,” Steffey wrote in a letter. “I really tried to make improvements that I thought were necessary to develop more effective services through more efficient processes.”

“I took the city manager position because someone needed to facilitate the processes to keep the city going, but again I have failed not only myself, you, the staff but also this community.”

At the meeting, the council decided to task the administrative committee with preparing the request and search for both a public works director and an interim city manager. The interim city manager would be a city manager that also guides the city through the transition from their former system of council acting as city manager to a fully documented procedure for a city manager, including updating ordinances.

Mayor David McCall said him and Baker spoke with the city attorney the afternoon after Steffey’s resignation and her recommendation was to separate functions Steffey had and assign them to different individuals. The city council as a whole is not flexible enough.

Until the city has an interim manager, they have divided the city manager’s duties among different individuals. The mayor will perform the administrative duties and Council President Kathy Baker will perform the personnel and human resources-related duties. Current staff will oversee public works operations with Baker taking on the public works liaison position.


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City Council violated City Ordinance 689 Personnel Policy and Ordinance 679 Code of Conduct in assigning McCall and Baker to take over those functions, neither of them are in any way qualified to perform those duties and could and likely will abuse the authority. Case in point, they intend to exact retribution on the City Recorder tomorrow night in an executive session in which the City Recorder, the top chosen candidate for the position, has only been on the job since March. They intend to blame him for the abrupt departure of former City Manager Chance Steffey. The Council takes no responsibility for themselves whatsoever and instead decides to blame others, set their employees up for failure, discredit, and smear their reputation. The people of Bay City should be appalled at this farce of a council, their incompetence, and tom foolery. It’s high time to vote them all out of office, three of them are up for election in November, David McCall (ReCall McCall), Gloria Wiechman, and Melissa Rondeau (rumor has it she won’t be seeking a return seat). Wiechmann just follows the leader, McCall is the ring leader. I call for the others to be recalled! Say no to clandestine meetings of Council members meeting over alcoholic drinks with Tom “GOB” Imhoff and Jody “Fencepost” Daily! Who really knows who these people are really like as opposed to their public images? It’s time to read between the lines people/citizens of Bay City! Just tonight at an Administrative Committee meeting, there was a quorum of the Council that made decisions that can only be made at a public notified meeting of the Council rather than making a recommendation to the Council as is in accordance to proper and lawful public meeting laws! Citizens beware! Your City is being hijacked!!! [pirate]

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