TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - After just one year in office, the controversial Janice Daniels managed to do what no other Mayor of Troy has done before, which is get recalled by the voters.
Trouble seemed to start for former Mayor Janice Daniels after she posted a gay slur on Facebook over the summer. Then it snowballed from there when she clashed with other city employees and would not support a new transit system.
“There’s been the pros and the cons of different issues. And both sides of the issue has caused a lot of drama and brought a lot of attention to us,” said Acting City Manager Mike Culpepper.
Culpepper hopes the drama is done with after voters recalled the controversial mayor Tuesday.
“Now that the drama that should be leaving, I think that things will calm down and be going back to pretty, pretty normal,” said Culpepper.
I caught up with Daniels at a watch party Tuesday night and asked her what she would do if she had to leave office. “At that point I’m going to say that I’m thankful to the city of troy for giving me a year,” said Daniels. “Either way I’m good with it. I have plans for my future and I’m happy.”
The Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis will take over duties as acting mayor as soon as the election results are certified by the board of canvassers. It is likely she will be sworn into office Thursday morning. According to the Troy City Charter McGinnis will serve as acting mayor until Monday night. That is when Troy City Council will appoint a new mayor pro tem who will also serve as acting mayor until next November.
“I think I’m ready to handle the responsibilities that there are to come being the Acting Mayor,” said McGinnis.
McGinnis spoke with us by phone in between court cases. She is from Troy and has been working been working in the city as a family lawyer since 2003. I asked her whether or not she will make a case to stay acting mayor.
“If I have the support of the council members it’s something I would consider, but I think the most important thing for us to do is to sit down and sit down at the table and have an open and honest discussion as to who the council thinks is best to serve in that capacity,” said McGinnis.
Culpepper did not want to speculate but did tell us that she would be a good fit because she is admired by her colleagues and respected by them.
There will be even more shake-ups within the city in the coming weeks. 7 Action News has learned that Culpepper will be stepping aside to make room for a new city manager. Culpepper had been serving as city manager until Troy could find a permanent fit.
The new city manager will start in two weeks. His name is being withheld for now, but he has been serving on a board in Tittabawassee Township near Saginaw.
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