BH City Commissioner Seeking More Information On Department Activities

Benton Harbor City Commissioner Juanita Henry is hoping to hear more from the city’s department heads about local business. She started last week’s city commission meeting off with a proposal to suspend the rules and introduce a resolution calling for regular reports from staff.

“It requires that five department heads — the manager, the clerk, the assessor, legal, and finance — give us a report on what they’re doing, who they’re doing it with, and the results of what they’re doing,” Henry said.

Henry ran into a bit of a conflict with Mayor Marcus Muhammad over the introduction of the resolution at Monday’s meeting. Muhammad said a surprise resolution that isn’t an emergency would violate the commission’s policies. It took about a half hour to resolve that question. Henry ultimately said she’d just bring the matter to the next meeting, this time with it on the agenda.