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Dexter City Mayor

There shall be a City Council consisting of six (6) Council Members and the Mayor who shall be deemed a Council Member for all purposes. There shall be elected from the city at large, a Mayor for a term of four (4) years and six (6) Council Members for terms of four (4) years each.Section 3.05 MAYOR - POWERS AND DUTIESThe Mayor shall:(a) Be a voting member of City Council and preside at all meetings of the Council without veto power, (b) Authenticate by signature such instruments as may be required under provisions of law, (c) Present an annual State of the City message at a time of year as determined by City Council; the Council may direct that the message be delivered at a public meeting; the message shall be distributed to residents using the city newsletter, (d) Appoint the members of council committees and assign agenda items to committees subject to the consent of Council, (e) Appoint, with the advice and consent of the Council, the members of citizen advisory boards, committees, authorities and commissions, (f) Be the chief executive officer of the city insofar as required by law and for all ceremonial purposes, (g) Represent the city in intergovernmental relationships, (h) Be the conservator of the peace and have the powers conferred by law upon sheriffs in times of emergency to suppress disorder, preserve the public peace and the health and safety of persons and property and have other emergency powers as permitted by state law, and(i) Perform other duties specified by the Council.
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    Shawn W. Keough Professional Engineer (Civil)

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Biographical Information

What in your education and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this position?

What are your goals should you be elected and how will you work to accomplish them with currently limited resources?

What are the biggest challenges facing the Village of Dexter in the next two years and how will you handle them?

What assets does the Village of Dexter have to offer families and businesses who might want to relocate to the area?

Campaign Phone (734) 426-5486
How many years have you been a resident of this city? 16
Education Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan
My education and experience as a civil engineer has served me very well. I have worked nearly 25 years with many communities and people from all across the State of Michigan. As a civil engineer, I have worked on a wide range of projects that help improve communities, strength and maintain our public infrastructure and create quality places to live, work, learn and recreate. My profession works closely with people and my role as a project manager has allowed me the opportunity to work closely with leaders of other communities. I have learned a great deal from my experiences and try to share those experiences with our citizens, our council and our staff in such a way that we can work together to keep Dexter strong and vibrant. I have been Mayor for the past 3 years and was the Village President for 6 years prior to my first term as Mayor.
My goals as an elected official have been generally the same since I was first elected to serve as a Village Trustee in 2004. I am now in my 13th year of public service. My goals each year are as follows: 1. Listen first and treat others fairly. 2. Be transparent and accessible. 3. Encourage and create an atmosphere of openness across all aspects of City government. Sharing information is a good thing. 4. Think about the future and how today's decisions may affect the community in the long term. This applies to day to day fiscal decisions, responsible budgeting, infrastructure improvements and all aspects of local government.
The next two years will be very similar to the past couple of years in the City of Dexter. Our challenges are all manageable because we have taken and will continue to take a long term balanced approach when making decisions about our future. As the Dexter community continues to thrive, we will face continued challenges in the areas of traffic flow, parking in our downtown, funding our long term liabilities and planning for our future facility needs. Over the past 15 years, the population of the City (formerly Village) of Dexter and the surrounding community has gone up. The demand for downtown housing and diversity in our housing stock has increased. These increases place more demand on our infrastructure and require that we make sure we take care of it. We will continue to evaluation and proactively take care of our water supply and waste water treatment facilities and we will look to improve our office and public safety facilities in the most cost effective and safe manner.
The City of Dexter is a small, charming town located on the banks of the Huron River and Mill Creek. Our children are part of the Dexter Community School District. Our town is vibrant and has many successful businesses and restaurants, as well as many cultural and historic amenities and areas. We offer numerous parks and have a trail network that is second to none, with easy access to three nearby Metroparks and an entire gateway to nature and recreation. We are a walkable connected community full of families that care about each other. logo


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