City Pulse: Bernero Wants To Boss BWL GM

(WLNS) – According to today’s issue of the Lansing City Pulse, if Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gets his way, the next general manager of the Board of Water & Light will work for him, not indirectly through the utility’s board of commissioners, but as a direct report.

In the article Bernero remains coy about the formal change he’ll propose for the Lansing Board of Water and Light. But he’s clear about what he wants city voters to approve.

“The structure is wrong,” Bernero said, referring to the relationship between the utility, the commissioners and the city as well as the chaos and cost surrounding the firing of the last three general managers.

“These are good people trapped in a bad system,” he said of the commissioners. “We need greater accountability. It’s not new that these are the issues that develop.”

Bernero said that making the BWL general manager a member of his cabinet would be better for the city and utility. “We would know what BWL was doing and it would know what we were doing.”

The mayor is expected to announce his plans to amend the city charter to allow for the BWL chain of command change during the State Of The City speech next week.

You can read more of the article in this week’s City Pulse here.

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