Divorces can be so messy and expensive. Lansingīs Board of Water & Light has been there before, in love with its general managers ... until it isnīt.
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 stateīs largest municipally owned utility by part-time, inexperienced commissioners and Berneroīs gradual disillusionment with his trophy executive. The result of it all is that the mayor wants the utilityīs general manager to report to him like other city department heads.
“We need greater accountability.” Bernero said. “This isnīt a new problem.”
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