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."