Sudden exit leaves Kzoo Co. commission in bind

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo County Commission is in a pickle after one of its members moved out of his district, but continued to vote.

Now the commission must reconsider a number of important issues that were proposed by former commissioner Kevin Wordelman, and it leaves residents in southeast Kalamazoo’s District 2 without an elected representative.

Wordelman announced he had moved out of the district on his Facebook page Tuesday.

 “A responsible, thinking person would have given the courtesy of a notice, giving us time to have a strategy to be able to have a complete board so we can carry out the business of county government,” said commission chairperson Stephanie Moore, D-Kalamazoo.

Further complicating the matter: Wordelman appears to have closed on a house in Kalamazoo Township on Sept. 24, moving him out of the district he represented.

During that time, Wordelman voted on and introduced some important county business, including amendments to the county budget that now are invalid.

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