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December 26, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Councilman Bruce Bisballe, winner of most votes in the Nov. 5 municipal election, becomes mayor pro tem in the updated administration of Mayor Ted Kedzierski.

“Even though not required under the city charter, our practice has been to select the highest vote-getter for mayor pro tem,” Kedzierski said.

The council unanimously approved Bisballe’s expanded role during the Nov. 15 council meeting.

Councilwoman Kay Felt had been standing in as mayor pro tem since Kedzierski removed Councilman Dan Schulte from the post in August.

Kedzierski also named Bisballe liaison to beautification advisory commission. Bisballe remains chairman of the finance committee.

The timing of the appointments was routine.

“We said every two years after an election there would be a reorganization,” Kedzierski said. “We would look at all the committees and recommend changes.”

More were expected to be announced at the Tuesday, Dec. 17, council meeting.

“We’re in the process of setting up a new committee,” Kedzierski said. “We’re inviting residents who want to serve to submit their applications. We’re always looking for good volunteers to serve our community.”

Councilmember committee assignments are:

Beautification Advisory Committee: Bisballe replaces Councilman Dr. Alexander Ajlouni.

Election Commission: Felt replaces Councilman Robert Gessell as council liaison.

Finance Committee: Chairman Bisballe and members Felt, Gessell and Kedzierski are reappointed.

Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation liaison: Barrette.

Municipal Buildings liaison: Barrette reappointed.

Parks and Harbor ad hoc Committee: Barrette replaces Schulte as chairman.

Planning Commission liaison: Gessell replaces Schulte.

Public Relations liaison: Ajlouni reappointed.

Public Safety liaison: Kedzierski remains.

Public Works liaison: Councilman Robert Barrette reappointed.

Senior Citizens Groups liaison: Felt appointed.

Tree Board liaison: Schulte replaces Bisballe.

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