Editorial: Another example of NE Michigan creative thinking

Thinking outside the box is a process local officials have been dealing with for years. “Be creative” has almost been a mantra as officials from schools to municipalities and every other government have found ways to get the job done while funding sources continue to shrink, or disappear altogether, and other challenges crop up.

That creative, outside-the-box thinking by Northeast Michigan officials was seen again last week, as Rogers City council members continue their search for a solution to their city manager vacancy. The position has been vacant since Mark Slown left last fall to take a job in Ishpeming.

During Tuesday’s meeting, city council members discussed the possibility of a shared city manager with Onaway. Joe Hefele is Onaway’s city manager, and was an applicant for the Rogers City position that was posted with the Michigan Municipal League. He also grew up in Rogers City, so he is familiar with both communities.

This was simply a discussion during a council meeting, and there are several steps to take and consequences to consider. It may not happen, but you have to give Rogers City officials kudos for covering all the bases.

Whether it comes to fruition or not, it’s still another example of that Northeast Michigan creative thinking.