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Kalamazoo's new City Manager signs the paperwork after Commissioners approve the contract

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New City Manager Jim Ritsema standing outside Commission Chambers getting ready for his first interviews.
New City Manager Jim Ritsema standing outside Commission Chambers getting ready for his first interviews.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners say the community is at a crossroads for a number of reasons as they complete their early retirement program, learn to live with less, hold commission elections, and bring on board new City Manager Jim Ritsema.

Last night they approved his 137-thousand dollar a year contract, and say they look forward to working with him, if they get reelected next month.

Last night’s meeting was the last before the November 5th Election.

Ritsema signed the contract last night, and says he will be sitting in the City Manager’s chair at the next Kalamazoo City Commission meeting, when the new Commission will be sworn into office.

He says he is working with manager Ken Collard on making the transition a smooth one.

He says Kalamazoo may be bigger than Battle Creek where he served as Assistant City Manager, but the issues are the same.

His first official day on the job will be November 11th.

 

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