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Top People at Wyandotte Municipal Services Are Leaving

General Manager Melanie McCoy and Director of Power Supply James French have turned in their letters of resignation.

Two of the top people at Wyandotte Municipal Services are leaving their posts to take similar jobs elsewhere.

General Manager Melanie McCoy and Director of Power Supply James French have turned in their letters of resignation. McCoy's last day is Feb. 1, while French's last day is today.

McCoy is leaving to become the superintendent of the public utility in Sebewaing, which is located about 125 miles from Wyandotte in Michigan's Thumb area.

French is leaving to become the general manager of the public utility in Richmond, IN.

McCoy said she has mixed feelings about leaving, but is excited for the new opportunity as it's located about 40 miles from Port Austin, where she has a cottage and often visits throughout the year. 

"I spend a lot of my free time up there," she said. "It’s where I love to go and just relax. It's right on Lake Huron, so it's got the water and woods all around. ... It’s where I want to retire to."

McCoy said it's just a coincidence that she and French are leaving at about the same time.

"It was a shock to the both of us," she said. "He came in and sat down and closed the door. He told me what was going on and I said: 'Oh my gosh. I’m in the same position.' I think we surprised each other."

McCoy, who's led Wyandotte Municipal Services for the last seven years, had nothing but positive things to say about her time with the city.

"This was my first experience working for a municipality," she said. "I cannot believe what good people we have in this utility. They do so much. We went through a lot of changes in the last seven years, but I think every department is set right now, knock on wood." 

Members of Wyandotte's Municipal Services Commission have named Rod Lesko as acting general manager and Paul LaManes as assistant general manager.

Prior to their promotions, Lesko was the superintendent of transmission and distribution at Wyandotte Municipal Services and LaManes was assistant to the general manager.

Christine Orman January 05, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Awww, I'm a little sad to see Melanie go. Although I've never met her, I've only seen her on tv at council meetings and various programs and events. She conducts herself in such a warm manner and demonstrates she really cares about Wyandotte and providing us with the best service. I wish her well on her new endeavor and hope she finds it rewarding. That is a beautiful area up there I can see why she loves it there.
Gayle January 05, 2013 at 04:10 PM
They are jumping the ship before it sinks. The Wyandotte cable-Internet-phone service is going to be shut down in a year. That's just the start. They have high paying heads costing our city hundreds of thousands of dollars pulling illegal acts that the city has to pay fines for. Here's the kicker: He still has his job and was not made to pay a penny.
Joseph cunsolo January 06, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Good luck Melanie. Wishing you the best that life has to offer.
Matt January 06, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Gayle, I don't know where you get your information, but you should check your facts. many free cable services and the money paid to the city would be lost. the person responsible for the fines levied against municipal services was gone before Melanie came on board. Municipal services adds millions of dollars annually to the city's revenue. Stop starting rumors, if you don't know the truth, keep you comments to yourself.
Pete January 07, 2013 at 04:48 PM
huh?
Susie January 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Goodbye Melanie. You have done an outstanding job and I know you will do the same up north! Congratulations to Rod as well. I like to see a young person who has worked his way up be rewarded. Initiative is an excellent quality and helps develop character. As a Wyandotte resident I am proud of all our municipal workers who provide all of us with excellent service day in and day out and I hope we can continue to keep our services going in these tough times. Thank you all, Susie
Steve January 11, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Smart moves jumping ship before it's too late. I'm surprised Peterson didn't force them to make his son head of WMS. I bet he gets a promotion somehow.

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