New city administrator Deborah Stuart to start Jan. 1

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By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

Mason has been led by interim City Administrator Pat Price since June. However, a conditional offer has been accepted by the newly appointed Deborah Stuart.

Stuart is director of Community Incentive Programs for Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Lansing. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration in 2005. She is also the representative on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Community Development Agencies for the Midwest region.

According to Mason Councilman James Mulvaney, “Mrs. Stuart has accepted terms of compensation and will start work on Jan. 1, 2016.”

The City Council has yet to formally announce Stuart’s hiring or comment on details of her contract.

Martin Colburn, former Mason City administrator, offered some advice for Stuart.
“Truly immerse yourself into the community,” he said, “Mason is a great place to enjoy.”

Stuart steps into the role with many projects to look forward to. Mason City Council continues to explore options to enhance Mason through infrastructure and policy.

Stuart will play an integral role in the decision making of Mason’s local government. She will work with the City Council to enact policy changes and projects that will maintain and grow the history of Mason.

Marty Colburn

Marty Colburn

From 1999 to 2015, Colburn helped create 2.5 miles of trails through Mason and improve the water treatment facility’s quality standards. Colburn also left projects unfinished that he hopes come to fruition under the new management.

Colburn said, “I think Mason will continue to grow and have a healthy future as a part of the landscape of Ingham County.”

Mason City Council is expected to formally announce Stuart’s acceptance at the next city council meeting on Nov. 30. Stuart was unavailable for comment.

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