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Saginaw City Council

State of the City 2016

The City of Saginaw operates under a Council-Manager form of government. In this system, the City Council is composed of nine members elected at-large in non-partisan elections for four-year, overlapping terms. The Council represents all the citizens of Saginaw and has responsibility for setting all municipal policies such as adopting ordinances, resolutions, fee schedules, voting appropriations, approving the budget and determining the tax rate. The Mayor is a member of Council, who serves as its chairperson as well as fulfilling various ceremonial functions. The Mayor is elected by the Council.

The City Manager is appointed by and is directly responsible to the City Council. The Manager is chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications and experience in municipal affairs. The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the City, the Manager carries out the policies that are made by Council and directs and coordinates the work of all City departments. The Manager keeps the Council informed of the conditions and needs of the City, and makes recommendations for action as the need arises. The Manager also prepares the annual budget for Council consideration and upon its enactment, sees that its provisions are upheld.

The Council-Manager form of government is ideal for a mature City, such as Saginaw, as it affords the unification of authority and political responsibility in the elected Council, and centralization of administrative responsibility in a professional administrator. The system fosters democracy and efficiency in a government that is highly responsive to the needs of the City's citizens.

City Charter

A City Charter is a basic law formulating the government for a city that, within the limitations of the state constitution and legislative enactments, established the framework of government, defines powers and duties, and identifies the rights and responsibilities of a city in fulfilling the needs of its citizens

Saginaw City Charter

Dennis Browning
Mayor

Term Expires: 2018
Email: dbrowning@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

Dennis Browning is a retired Saginaw Police Officer, having served the City of Saginaw for 32 years. He graduated from Douglas Mac Arthur High School in Saginaw Charter Township, but has been a City resident for over 44 years. Mr. Browning attended Delta College before becoming a police cadet in 1969. In 1970, he was promoted to patrolman and served in both the patrol and investigation divisions during his career.

Specializing in crime prevention and community relations, Mr. Browning worked in the schools as a Resource Officer, served as D.A.R.E. Coordinator & Instructor, and filled the role of Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Mid Michigan region. Officer Browning received many police and community awards during his service.

Mr. Browning is currently the Corporate Trainer for Teachout Security Solutions Inc. and conducts training in its Flint, Saginaw, Lansing and Detroit offices.

Mr. Browning's community involvement includes Past President - Saginaw Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Former Chairman - Peace Lutheran Day School, Past Board of Directors - Family First Credit Union and current Chairman - Supervisory Committee for Family First Credit Union, and Instructor - American Red Cross.

He and his wife, Sue, have three children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Browning enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and taking in a play or musical.

Floyd Kloc
Mayor Pro-Tem

Term Expires: 2016
Email: fkloc@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

Floyd was born near Cass City, in Michigan's thumb, where he spent his first 14 years on a dairy farm with his parents and 10 siblings. He came to Saginaw in 1965 to attend St. Paul Seminary, where he graduated from high school in 1969. He then attended Saginaw Valley College, now SVSU, where he graduated in 1973. He earned his way through college working part time at Cunningham's Drug Store in downtown Saginaw. After college he continued working there two more years, full time, until 1975 when he moved to Detroit to start law school at the University of Detroit School of Law. Graduating Law School in 1978, he passed the bar later that year for admission to practice law in this state, and began his legal career as an Assistant City Attorney for Saginaw in early 1979. Shortly after, he was promoted to Chief Assistant, where he served until April 1988 when he was appointed interim City Attorney. He served in that capacity until he left to start his own private practice in August of 1988.

He has continued in private practice as a general practice attorney at 2719 State St., in the City of Saginaw since then. He lives in the City with his wife Diane, a program math teacher at the Saginaw Career Complex. He has three children.

Floyd has long been involved in serving the people of Saginaw. In addition to his law practice where he serves primarily city residents, including as a referral attorney for UAW members, he is a 34 year member and past President of the downtown Saginaw Kiwanis Club, a community youth service organization. He is also a long time Board member of the Saginaw Kiwanis Foundation. He is a 26 year member and twice past president of the Historical Society of Saginaw County. He has also been a long time member and is currently president of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Association, and is a member of Saginaw P.R.I.D.E.

Michael D. Balls
Council Member

Term Expires: 2018
Email: mballs@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

Councilman Michael Balls is a lifelong resident of Saginaw and has dedicated his personal and professional life to the common good of others. He is a graduate of the Saginaw Public School System and Delta College Apprenticeship Program. Michael and his wife Lois have been married 29 years and have 2 sons, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

After 30 years, Councilman Balls retired from Saginaw Steering GM in 2007, and is currently employed at Nexteer Corporation as a Skilled Trades Machine Repair worker. He became involved in the UAW local 699 Union where he served on the Executive Board for 6 years; the Civil Rights Committee for 12 years; and the Diversity Committee for 4 years. Councilman Balls also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wanigas Credit Union. Under his leadership, Wanigas helped to coordinate the first annual Partners Forum on Revitalization for the City of Saginaw to provide awareness of affordable housing programs including down payment and home improvement assistance.

Councilman Balls is actively involved in making a difference in the community. Among the many organizations that he devotes his time to is the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He was matched as a Big Brother for the first time in 1990 and now serves on the Board of Directors. In 2012, Councilman Balls received the “Big Brother of the Year” award from the Saginaw County Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Councilman Balls has served on City Council since 2013 and is committed to building a stronger Saginaw for residents and local businesses. Councilman Balls believes in being accountable and socially responsible, principles which have guided him to be a strong voice in support of the community.

Annie Boensch
Council Member

Term Expires: 2016
Email: aboensch@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

Annie Boensch's family lineage traces back to the 1800's in Saginaw's history. Her ancestor, Matthias Stoker, laid some of the city's first sidewalks. Another ancestor, Fred Dustin, is listed in the Saginaw Hall of Fame for his renowned contributions to the field of Archeological study. Herein lays the framework of Annie Boensch's devotion to the building and preservation of the city of Saginaw.

A mother of two children, Annie has a dedicated interest in the development and education of the city's youth. In past work, as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer, Annie was responsible for organizing an after-school tutoring program for middle school students. Along with her vested interest in education, Annie is currently pursuing a degree in political science.

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mother and wife in the Covenant Area Neighborhood in the heart of the city, Annie worked closely with the public in retail, where she enjoyed her daily interaction with the varied and diverse people of Saginaw.

In 2010 Annie was elected Democratic Precinct Delegate and has experience working on various local campaigns. Annie has also served as Vice President of the Saginaw Area Young Democrats of Saginaw. Mrs. Boensch is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy.

Clint Bryant
Council Member

Term Expires: 2016
Email: cbryant@saginaw-mi.com

Larry Coulouris
Council Member

Term Expires: 2018
Email: lcoulouris@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

Larry Coulouris is a native of Canada, and has been a resident of Saginaw for 57 years. He retired in 2002 after being self-employed for 45 years in the hospitality business.

He served as a radio-telegrapher in the Canadian navy. Mr. Coulouris is a graduate of Fort William Collegiate Institute and attended McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Coulouris is currently a member of the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Saginaw Association, the Planning Commission, and the City Charter Adhoc Committee. He was elected to the Charter Commission in November 2004 and resigned in 2005 to run for a seat on the Saginaw City Council. He was elected to the Saginaw City Council in 2005 and was appointed as Mayor pro tem in November 2007.

Larry has two sons and two daughters (Diana, Joanne, Andrew, and James), three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Dan Fitzpatrick
Council Member

Term Expires: 2016
Email: dfitzpatrick@saginaw-mi.com

Biography

A 40 year resident of the city, Dan was born in Detroit and moved to Saginaw with his parents and four siblings in 1966. He graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1970, attending SVSU full time 1970-72 before beginning a 33-year career at AT&T. His duties with AT&T were varied with 15 years as a technician and over 17 as a central office manager. He retired from AT&T in 2005. Dan and his wife Kathy (a lifelong resident) began raising their family in the Cathedral District in 1973. They since have lived in several neighborhoods in the city, raising five children and are now proud grandparents of three. Dan and Kathy are active members of St. Helen Catholic Church in Saginaw. He is a Big Brother mentor and a newly appointed commissioner for the Housing Board of Appeals. Mr. Fitzpatrick and his family are avid campers and Dan's favorite outdoor pastime is fishing.

Dan is a student of Irish and American history. He also has a great interest in the classic and historic areas of Saginaw and the rich natural resource of the Saginaw watershed. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a strong supporter of city businesses and residents.

You may also contact him at danfitzpatrickonline@gmail.com

Brenda F. Moore
Council Member

Term Expires: 2018
Email: bmoore@saginaw-mi.com

Demond Tibbs
Council Member

Term Expires: 2016
Email: dtibbs@saginaw-mi.com

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