Hazel Park Mayor Janice Parisi Resigns

Hazel Park Mayor Janice Parisi Resigns

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 14, 2016)

Hazel Park, MI – Hazel Park Mayor Janice Parisi announced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that she was resigning as Mayor due to health issues.

In her letter to council she wrote “It is with a heavy heart that I must resign my position as Mayor of the City of Hazel Park.  I am currently facing a challenging health situation and I have family responsibilities that require my attention.  It has been one of the greatest honors o my life to serve the City of Hazel Park, first as a City Councilwoman, and then as the first woman to be elected mayor.

“Working together, we have overcome many challenges as a community. Michigan’s system of municipal finance is indeed broken and Hazel Park was hit hard by the housing collapse in 2008.  While other cities like us slid into state control, Hazel Park maintained its independence by working together and sharing our sacrifices. This truly is a remarkable community.

“When I first ran for City Council back in 2003, I campaigned for “Clean and Safe Neighborhoods.”I am pleased to report that crime has been reduced significantly and are now updating our hosing stock.  I am also proud of the role that the Neighborhood Enrichment Committee, a group that I co-founded, has played in revitalizing our community. Those dedicated volunteers have truly made a great difference in hazel Park. Likewise, I am proud to have supported the valuable groups in the community, such as the Hazel Park Promise Zone and all the wonderful opportunities that the Promise Zone provides for our students, as well as all of the other charitable works of the Hazel Park Lions Club.

‘Together with Jack Lloyd, Jeff Keeton, Michael Webb and Andy LeCureaux, I served on the longest intact city council in Hazel Park’s history.  After I became Mayor, we welcomed Tom Selman, and we continued our tradition of cooperation and mutual respect.  This cooperative attitude helped our community weather more challenges than can be listed in this letter.

I will always love Hazel Park.  The friends and neighbors I’ve met in this journey are now my extended family.  Our city is a special place, and I believe we have a bright future.  God bless Hazel Park.”

Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Keeton will serve as the Mayor until the Council officially appoints a replacement.

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