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Brighton Township Chooses New Manager

The Township Board will hold a special meeting to approve the manager contract after it is finalized.

The Brighton Township Board of Trustees has decided on a new manager.

Brian Vick was one of five candidates interviewed for the position last month and was at the top of every board member's list, according to Township Supervisor Tom Murphy.

"He brings with him a lot of energy and experience," Murphy said of Vick. "He's run both townships and villages, which are similar in nature, and he's got city background in Grosse Pointe as well as with the Village of Grosse Point Shores. He just brings a lot of different views and different levels to the township."

The board is waiting to finalize the contract, then it will hold a special meeting to approve Vick's hiring.

Murphy said the board does not wish to wait for its next regularly scheduled meeting to approve the contract because it wants Vick to get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Vick will replace former Manager to accept a position with the City of Adrian.

Board members previously decided not to hire an interim manager, choosing instead to pick up the slack themselves while searching for a replacement.

john ewing October 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Nicole - Here's what the people of Brighton Township need to consider: 1. Tom Murphy, the current Supervisor, claimed several months ago that they would hire an interim manager, but not a full-time manager because the election might change the composition of the Board. 2. Now, just a few short weeks before the election, Mr. Vick is hired. Why didn't they wait until after the election, allowing the new Board and new Supervisor (with the people's support, John Ewing) to choose a manager ? Strange, no ? 3. Murphy is under pressure of allegations of widespread illegal billings for the Sewer...upwards of $3,000,000. Bishop resigned amidst the allegations and pressure. 4. Vick is a guy who claimed that the Yacht Club's overbilling allegation of $1,000,000 was without merit. In the end, it was obviously with merit, but was settled after he was pushed out under less than transparent circumstances. 5. Grosse Pointe Shores was lucky because the statute of limitations disallowed all of the illegal billings to be reimbursed. They claim there was no fraud, and that some city employee just accidentally added an extra digit to the Yacht clubs meter reads...again, "accidentally". 6. Murphy has been sitting on the allegations of sewer fraud for about a year. That's when the clock started ticking for BT, and there is no statute of limitations for fraud, which definitely describes some of the BT overbillings.
john ewing October 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
continued... Even giving Mr. Vick the benefit of the doubt - let's say he did nothing wrong and his ouster was political - why in the world would Brighton Township, amidst its own illegal billings allegations on the sewer, hire a guy who just got ousted in a illegal billings related controversy. This is the guy that apparently claimed that the allegations of illegal billings at GPS was without merit...and then he was ousted and the illegal billings were settled... Does Tom Murphy believe that Mr. Vick is an illegal billings expert who can help Brighton Township forestall reimbursement of its illegal billings ? It's all very curious.... You'd think amongst 50 candidates you could find somebody who wasn't recently ousted amidst illegal billings controversies, no ? Brighton Township, if it re-elects Tom Murphy, is going to be under great legal pressure to stop its illegal billings, and it's just strange that they would insert a guy with this recent controversy right into the middle of it.....while knowing that a new Board is going to be seated in just a few weeks....simply bizarre.
john ewing October 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Here's the quote from Tom Murphy about letting the new Board hire a Manager: "The challenge we have is there will be a new board seated Nov. 20 and it might not be fair to them if we bring someone in that they don't have a say over," Murphy said. "We know for sure there will be at least two new board members. So that's one of the challenges we'll face as a board." Obviously Murphy is untrustworthy and he needs to go.
john ewing October 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
You've got to wonder about Tom Murphy...in his mind, newly elected Board members and a new Supervisor are a "challenge". No, Mr. Murphy, it's an opportunity for you to go back to Wayne County ! Why didn't you wait for the new Supervisor and new Trustees to be seated, giving them the "say" you knew they would want ? John Ewing (for Supervisor, Nov. 6th).
Robert Lee October 18, 2012 at 07:12 PM
In my opinion, Mr. Vick likely got his walking papers in GP Shores cause he couldn't keep his hands out of politics. Instead of staying neutral & serving the public, he acted more like ex-mayor Cooper's political hatchet man. The "tolling agreement" was controversial in that Vick made the agreement with the yacht club that kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in water overbilling secret without informing the entire council about it! That is a matter of fact which the excluded council officials have made clear. Why would a city manager act to keep such a substantial issue from the whole council and the public? My guess is to protect ex-mayor Cooper in trying to keep the problem under wraps from both the public and certain council members during a recall election and then a general election. All the tolling agreement did was give the yacht club time to line up their ducks, so the city had no choice but to settle. Vick also got caught short circuiting the council when he unilaterally appealed to Wayne County not to drop Shores tax assessments over 10%, after the county announced the drop. But after Mr. Vick's appeal, which council members found out about after the fact, taxpayers got only about half the tax break they would have without his meddling! Sure hope your Brighton officials did their homework and personally talked to the incumbent GP Shores mayor and a number of current council members before making their decision. As the old saying goes "caveat emptor".

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