Divorces can be so messy and expensive. Lansing“s Board of Water & Light has been there before, in love with its general managers ... until it isn“t.
The breakups — this is the third in 10 years — have a tabloid-TV quality: Grievances aired publicly, the blame game, lawyers and large alimony settlements.
The Jan. 13 ouster of BWL general manager J. Peter Lark, orchestrated by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, follows form. It reflects the increasingly ineffective oversight of the state“s largest municipally owned utility by part-time, inexperienced commissioners and Bernero“s gradual disillusionment with his trophy executive. The result of it all is that the mayor wants the utility“s general manager to report to him like other city department heads.
“We need greater accountability.” Bernero said. “This isn“t a new problem.”
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