Potterville mayor voted out of mayoral seat


POTTERVILLE, Mich. (WLNS) – After serving as Potterville’s mayor for just over four months, on Tuesday night the city council decided to vote Katherine Schmidt out of the mayoral seat.

Schmidt says the city council’s decision to remove her as the mayor of Potterville ultimately came down to two things…personality differences and Schmidt says the council felt she was hindering the group from accomplishing goals in the community.

“Very simply, not that I have done anything that is a breach of charter or anything like that that is wrong, it’s just simply apparent that I no longer serve at the pleasure of the majority of council,” said Schmidt.

6 News reached out to all council members for a response on their sudden decision. Several responded saying “they decline to comment on the mayoral situation,” while others say “it’s in the best interest of the city.”

Potterville’s City Manager Wanda Darrow also sent 6 News a statement that says in part:

“Any of my engagements with the mayor were always positive and any constructive criticisms were dealt with in a highly professional manner. She demonstrated to me a high level of professionalism and transparency.”

Despite the circumstances, Schmidt says while her removal as mayor comes as a first in the city of Potterville, she holds no “ill will” toward any members of the council or city.

“On a very personal level, I really don’t have any feelings of failure or remorse or regrets for how I’ve conducted myself because each day I’ve done my very best to uphold what I believe to be a good and honest standard and as I live out integrity to the best of my ability, I can’t look back at that and second guess and say well I should have this, that and the other,” Schmidt stated.

Schmidt continues to serve as a member of the Potterville City Council and says the values and vision of the community are of the utmost importance.

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