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Battle Creek needs a new City Manager


BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- The City of Battle Creek has seen a lot of turnover and turmoil at the top and they are about to deal with more of it because Manager Ken Tsuchiyama has quit.

The city is calling it a retirement but the Manager says they just agreed to disagree over the direction the city was headed.

He has effectively given them two weeks notice. It could take months to do a proper search to find his replacement. His last day will be Feb. 21st.

There is no Assistant Manager right now in Battle Creek because Jim Ritsema is now the manager in Kalamazoo.

Community Services Director Susan Bedsole will serve as Interim City Manager.

It may delay the search for a new Police Chief. Picking a new Cheif is the job of the City Manager.