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Sidge Ousted as Goodrich Village Administrator

February 09, 2011 - Goodrich- By a 3-2 on Friday morning the village council voted to request the resignation of village administrator Jakki Sidge. In addition, the council voted to request the village administrator return keys to any and all locked doors, cabinets in the village of Goodrich administrative building, DPW garage, DPW vehicles and DPW offices.

Council members Phil Jackson, Doug McAbee and President Patrica Wartella voted yes. Council members Pete Morey and Rick Horton voted no. In the absence of village attorney Jack Belser, attorney Jim Hammon attended the meeting but did not comment, however, several in the crowed asked who he was. .

Fighting back tears, Sidge would not comment after the decision. And did not say if she would comply.

"The decision is because (Sidge) does not recognize the majority of the council since the election (in November)," said Wartella prior to the vote. About 50 people jammed the village municipal building at 10 a.m. for the meeting. A deputy from the Genesee County Sheriff Department—representing Atlas Township was also in attendance. Many supporters of Sidge spoke up in her defense causing several pauses to allow for applause.

Sidge has served as the village administrator for about the last 15 years.

Council member Rick Horton, who supported Sidge, questioned the decision.

"We just spent $3,000 to interview Sidge with the village study for no good reason," said Horton. "Who's going to run the village on a day-to-day basis?"

Wartella did not comment.

Sidge has until Feb. 24 to vacate the office. If she does not comply the village attorney will send a notice to leave in 30 days.

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