The mayor position of Flint, Michigan is a strong mayor-type. In Flint's previous 1929 charter, the mayor was one of the City Commissioners, as the council in a council-manager type government.
In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.
Flint is the largest city and seat of Genesee County, Michigan, United States. Located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit, it is a principal city within the region known as Mid Michigan. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan. The Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010. The city was incorporated in 1855.
The council–manager government form is one of two predominant forms of local government in the United States and Ireland, the other being the mayor–council government form. Council–manager government form also is used in county governments in the United States. The council–manager form also is used for municipal government in Canada and in Ireland, among many other countries, both for city councils and county councils.
The mayor was one of many citywide elected officers including the Recorder, Supervisor, Treasurer, Marshal, Directors of the Poor, School Inspector and Justices of the Peace. Additionally, other administrative officers were selected by wards.
|Mayor||Start of Term||End of Term||Notes|
|Robert J. S. Page||1856||1857|
|Henry M. Henderson||1857||1858|
|William M. Fenton||1858||1860||Some records show Porter Hazelton as mayor from 1859 to 1860|
|Henry H. Crapo||1860||1861|
|Ephraim S. Williams||1861||1862|
|William B. McCreery||1865||1867|
|Austin B. Witherbee||1867||1868|
|Samuel M. Axford||1868||1869|
|William S. Patrick||1869||1870|
|James B. Walker||1870||1871|
|David Spencer Fox||1871||1873|
|George H. Durand||1873||1875|
|Edward H. Thompson||1877||1878|
|James C. Willson||1879||1880|
|Charles A. Mason||1881||1882|
|William A. Atwood||1882||1883|
|George E. Newall||1883||1884|
|William W. Joyner||1884||1885|
|George T. Warren||1886||1887|
|John C. Dayton||1887||1888|
|Mayor||Start of Term||End of Term||Notes|
|Frank D. Baker||1889||1890|
|William A. Paterson||1890||1891|
|Francis H. Rankin, Jr.||1891||1892|
|George E. Taylor||1892||1893|
|Andrew J. Ward||1893||1894|
|Arthur C. McCall||1894||1894|
|John C. Zimmerman, Sr.||1895||1896|
|Samuel C. Randall||1896||1897|
|Milton C. Pettibone||1897||1898|
|George R. Gold||1898||1899|
|Hugh Alexander Crawford||1899||1900|
|Charles A. Cummings||1900||1901|
|Clark B. Dibble||1901||1902|
|Austin D. Alvord||1902||1904|
|Bruce J. McDonald||1904||1905|
|David D. Aitken||1905||1906|
|George E. McKinley||1906||1908|
|Horace C. Spencer||1908||1909|
|Guy W. Selby||1909||1911|
|John A. C. Menton||1911||1912|
|Charles Stewart Mott||1912||1914|
|John R. MacDonald||1914||1915|
|William H. McKeighan||1915||1916|
|Earl F. Johnson||1916||1917|
|George C. Kellar||1917||1918|
|Charles Stewart Mott||1918||1919|
|George C. Kellar||1919||1920|
|Edwin W. Atwood||1920||1922|
|William H. McKeighan||1922||1923|
|David R. Cuthbertson||1923||1924|
|Judson L. Transue||1924||1927|
|William H. McKeighan||1927||1928|
|Ray A. Brownell||1929||1930|
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Under the 1929 charter, Flint move to a council–manager form of government with the council call the City Commission.
|Mayor||Start of Term||End of Term||Notes|
|Harvey J. Mallery||1930||1931|
|William H. McKeighan||1931||1933|
|Ray A. Brownell||1933||1934|
|Howard J. Clifford||1934||1935|
|George E. Boysen||1935||1936|
|Harold E. Bradshaw||1936||1938|
|Harry M. Comins||1938||1940|
|William Osmund Kelly||1940||1944|
|Edwin C. McLogan||1944||1946|
|Edward J. Viall||1946||1948|
|George G. Wills||1948||1950|
|Donald W. Riegle, Sr.||1952||1954|
|George M. Algoe||1954||1958|
|Robert J. Egan||1958||1960|
|Charles A. Mobley||1960||1962|
|George R. Poulos||1962||1964|
|Harry K. Cull||1964||1966|
|Floyd J. McCree||1966||1968|
|Donald R. Cronin||1968||1970|
|Francis E. Limmer||1970||1973|
|Paul Calvin Visser||1973||1975|
Under the 1974 Charter, the office of mayor is a non-partisan elected position.
|Mayor||Start of Term||End of Term||Administrator||Notes||Elections|
|James W. Rutherford||1975||1983|
|James A. Sharp, Jr.||1983||1987|
|Matthew S. Collier||1987||1991|
|Woodrow Stanley||1991||March 5, 2002||? (1991–2001)|
Darnell Earley (2001–2002)
|Recalled from office in third term|
|Darnell Earley||March 5, 2002||August 6, 2002||himself||Temporary Mayor per City Charter|
Effectively City Administrator as of July 9, 2002, due to State appointment of Emergency Financial Manager, Ed Kurtz
|James W. Rutherford||August 6, 2002||2003||Darnell Earley||elected to fill remainder of Stanley term; City still under State Financial Manager|
|Don Williamson||2003||February 15, 2009|| Peggy R. Cook (2003–2007)|
Darryl Buchanan (2007–2009)
Michael Brown (2009)
|Initially under Emergency Financial Manager lifted in 2004. facing recall; resigns|
|Michael Brown||February 16, 2009||August 5, 2009||himself||Temporary Mayor per City Charter|
|Dayne Walling||August 5, 2009||November 9, 2015||Powers remove effective 12/1/2011 under city's financial emergency & transfer to an Emergency Manager of which several individuals served until April 30, 2015, when a Receivership Board assume some oversight.|
|Karen Weaver||November 9, 2015||present||Natasha Henderson||under RTA Board oversight First female mayor of Flint.|
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Beecher is an unincorporated community in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and has no legal status as a municipality. The population was 10,232 as of the 2010 census, down from 12,793 at the 2000 census.
Lee Gonzales is a politician from the State of Michigan. He is a Democratic Party member and the former Michigan State Representative. He represented the 49th District, which is located in Genesee County and includes part of the city of Flint.
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Darnell Earley is an American public administrator and municipal manager. Formerly the city manager of Saginaw, Michigan and emergency manager of Flint, Michigan, Earley served as temporary mayor of Flint after the recall of Woodrow Stanley. Earley was appointed emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools system in January 2015. He resigned that position in February 2016.
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