McCready Intends to Keep Commission Seat While Prepping for Legislature

The Representative-elect wants to serve the city of Bloomfield Hills until the end of the year.


Although he earned a trip to Lansing representing the 40th District in the State House with more than 56 percent of last week's vote, Mike McCready said he intends to stay a Bloomfield Hills commissioner until session begins in January.

The City Commission is expected to discuss the matter at their regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills City Hall.

McCready, who was first elected to the commission in 2007, and has served as mayor, said he's dedicated to the city and wants to finish the year.  The term he won in May 2011 with 502 votes — the most among all four of the commission candidates on the ballot — expires in November 2013.

"I still feel an obligation to the community and I intend to fulfill it," McCready said firmly after last week's election-night victory over Democrat Dorian Coston on West Bloomfield.

He began his 'freshman' legislator orientation last week and is just beginning to grasp the obligations of an elected representative trying to organize and office. However, he does see that interfering with some unfinished business on the city commission.

"As long as there isn't too much overlap between the jobs, which I don't see happening, I dong' really think it will be a problem," he said.

City Attorney Bill Hampton said he drafted a memo to the commission for tonight's meeting that explained the legal implications of the process. He said the four remaining commissioners will have 30 days from the effective date of McCready's resignation — whenever that is — to appoint a successor.

"I believe what they're going to do is put the word out that there is a vacancy and review resumes," he said. "From there, it's up to the remaining four that make the decision."

Ken Jackson November 14, 2012 at 01:09 AM
House Bill 5923 -- One hopes Mr. McCready in his "dual" role he will keep BH taxpayers advised of the most significant and sustained threat to their property values in most of our lifetimes.
Linda November 14, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Ken, don't you think this is an over reaction to legislation still in formulation stage. However, if BHSD is as renowned as all purport......why would anyone leave given the chance? This is where the rubber is gonna hit the road. The whole property value issue is a false alarm. You weren't concerned with property values when you advocated for saddling homeowners with extensive new 30 year bond obligations.
Ken Jackson November 14, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Linda, That is not accurate. After listening closely (mainly to Mr. Baron and others who know long term finance) I was persuaded that the 30 year bond for the new school was manageable. People will leave BHSD precisely because this change will change BHSD completely from its top rated spot (please try to read what is posted before responding -- you might not like BHSD but you sure will long for it if this change goes through). Those interested in a pure voucher or charter system will want to target top Districts first. When the top Districts go, there really can't be an argument for public education as we know it. Many count on the "it can't happen here" or "we are exempt in Oakland County" logic to let this slide. Lame duck sessions are made for this kind of thing. The potential here for radical change is of an entirely different order than the high school issue -- not really even on par with the high school issue. This legislation that you say is in the "formulation stage" has been called for by the Governor who has been very effective in getting what he wants in school reform. He wants this. That is why he set up The Oxford Foundation as a screen. So, no, I don't think this is an over reaction. In fact, I see a very bad under reaction on everyone's part.
Mary L. November 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Why do you claim that charter schools and those looking to cash in on a voucher system will target top districts first when history has shown most charters schools are located near poor producing districts. Do you honestly think someone looking to create a "business" of education is going to come to this area and compete with our successful public schools, Cranbrook, Country Day and popular parochial schools?
Ken Jackson November 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Mary L, Same answer as on other blog: The difference with The Oxford Foundation is they are proposing a wholesale change to public education. Monies that now go to public education will have to go to charters and weaken public schools, opening "markets." There is only one pot of state money for education. No more is going in to it. That is for sure.


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