East Lansing, Lansing Mayors React To BWL Peter Lark’s Firing

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – In a meeting that lasted about a half hour, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett says he never got a clear answer why Peter Lark was fired as general manager.

“And to not provide a clear explanation for why this decision was made, I think could actually do further damage to the credibility of the utility, which I think is exactly the opposite of what they were trying to accomplish by this move,” said Nathan Triplett, Mayor of East Lansing.

East Lansing’s mayor has a vested interest in the board. East Lansing is one of three communities to have a non-voting member sit on the board come July.

“What I’ve heard from residents and what perplexes me is the same board that voted to remove Mr. Lark last night voted to re-appoint him as recently as July, five or six months ago.”

Terminating Lark who was in a five year contract, without a clear reason. One Mayor Nathan Triplett feels the community and rate payers deserve.

“It was no one thing, but it was cumulative and I expressed that to the commissioners,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told 6 News because Lark was mid-contract and hired an attorney to work on a settlement, he can’t go into details around Lark’s firing.

But he did say, “I think the system is broken, I think it’s flawed.”

Mayor Bernero did however turn his attention once again to the future, saying he’d like the general manager and board to report to him directly.

“If we’re going to maintain control of the Board of Water and Light, if it’s not going to be privatized, if it’s not going to be sold for cash, we need to look at the management.”

A management change that is now without Peter Lark at the top and one Mayor Bernero says you’ll learn more about his ideas at State of the City.

Mayor Bernero’s State of the City is set for January 29.Stay with 6 News for our continuing coverage of the changes to come at the Lansing Board of Water and Light.

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