Due to term limits, Wyandotte City Councilman Todd Browning will not be able to run for re-election in 2013.
He does not plan to leave public office, however, as he has filed to run for treasurer in the 2013 election.
“I think we have a lot of strong momentum going in a good direction for the city, and I just hope to be part of that and continue the positive momentum,” Browning said.
In Wyandotte, the seats of the mayor and City Council are limited to three consecutive four-year terms. Browning, who is the only official affected by term limits this time, began his service on City Council in 2001, and then was elected again in 2005 and 2009.
Current Treasurer Andrew Swiecki has held the job for 34 years, serving 12 years prior to that on City Council.
Although it was believed Swiecki would not run in 2013, on Thursday night he told Wyandotte Patch there is a slight possibility he may try for another term, depending on the state of his health.
Browning is currently an IT instructor at Henry Ford Community College, serving as the school’s lead Cisco instructor.
As treasurer, he said he would look for ways to utilize technology to help cut costs in the city.
One way, he said, would be to eliminate paper payroll checks for all city employees, and instead transfer funds electronically.
Another method that could cut costs would be switching the city’s phone system to voice over Internet Protocol, he said.
Although he doesn’t have a background in finance, Browning said his 12 years on City Council has provided him with experience in dealing with budgets and department heads.
Had there not been term limits in place, Browning said he would have likely run for re-election to serve on the City Council again.
One of his favorite moments from the last 12 years, he said, was seeing former high school classmate Stephen Oborne get hired as a police officer in Wyandotte.
”It’s always fun seeing somebody from the hometown come back home to work,” Browning said.
The deadline to file to run for public office in Wyandotte is Dec. 4. The election will take place May 7, 2013. If necessary, a primary will be held on Feb. 26, 2013.
On the ballot next year will be the offices of mayor, assessor, treasurer and city clerk, as well as six City Council seats. The person elected for each office will serve a four-year term.