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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 4:51 p.m.

Ypsilanti City Manager Ed Koryzno expected to announce resignation Tuesday night

By Tom Perkins

Ypsilanti City Manager Ed Koryzno is expected to publicly announce at tonight's City Council meeting that he is leaving his post.

Several city officials said Koryzno is taking a position with the State of Michigan Treasury office, though it isn't yet clear if it is to take on a position as an emergency manager.

Koryzno signed a two-year contract extension in March and said at the time that he wanted to stay in Ypsilanti and see it through its economically troubled times.

Per his contract, Koryzno has to give the city 90-days notice.

Former assistant City Manager April McGrath recently left for a position as Ferndale's city manager, meaning city staff will deal with its projected $10.69 million deficit with at least two new faces in its leadership.

Koryzno has held the city manager’s position since 1996 and is paid $98,625 per year.

He did not return calls seeking comment.

City officials have been discussing whether the city should pursue an income tax or a millage to fund the debt payments for the Water Street property purchases. The city faces $30 million in Water Street debt and must make payments that will soon grow to $1.3 million annually.



Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:57 p.m.

Ed has been a steady guiding hand in Ypsilanti for many years and has kept them solvent. He will be an outstanding addition to the State and will be in a position to help other communities with tough challenges. I can't think of a better person, in fact. He's one of the most respected public officials in the state.

Mr. Burns

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 7:21 a.m.

Maybe with a new City Manager, Beal Properties will stop getting by with shoddy apartments. construction and poor treatment of their tenants.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 2:49 a.m.

Thank you Ed for all your hard work and patience. I wish you the very best. I think Ed's departure isn't nearly the death blow that it may seem at the moment. Ypsilanti has actually been managed fairly well. And it will continue to be as well as can be given the state's failed promises and the economic climate. This is just the end of one Chapter and the beginning of another.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 1:54 a.m.

Ed is a great guy and has been an awesome city manager. I will be very sorry to see him go.

Chase Ingersoll

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:44 a.m.

The reality of Democracy is that the voters have the right to elect representatives that are corrupt and/or incompetent. These representatives could get lucky and hire a city manager who is actually competent and no corrupt, but then are likely to block or at least pressure him from doing what needs to be done. Or just as likely, the representatives will scrape the bottom of the barrel and hire someone that is barely more competent or less corrupt themselves. The irony of local Democracy, is that due to the apathy, incompetence or avarice of the voters, they as the local taxpayers will lose the economic freedom of real home ownership and instead end up as sharecroppers on a homestead that cannot be sold and for which they will have to pay annual real estate taxes that exceed their monthly take home pay.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:36 a.m.

Take a few parcels of Water Street with you and don't let the door hit you on the way out!


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:13 a.m.

I think the ship is taking on water !!!!!!!!


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:34 p.m.

Yet the City Council is busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Is there a used ark for sale? [y the way, don't do an emergency street repair on Grove Rd. near Emerick. The repairs may only last three to four years. Wake up City Council.. The repairs may well outlast the City as we know it today.]


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:25 p.m.

Does he need any help packing???

Tom Joad

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

What will Ypsilanti do for revenue when the Michigan Supreme Court upholds the Circuit Court's decision on banning medical marijuana dispensaries which are in no way provided for in the medical marijuana statute? The writing is already on the wall federally as they have given California dispensaries 45 days to close or face prosecution and confiscation of property. There are still a few dispensaries open in Ann Arbor continuing to do business because the money is irresistible, in spite of the non-profit requirements in the law. Where can one find out how much revenues Ypsilanti receives from the existing three dispensaries?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:10 p.m.

We're doomed.

Fat Bill

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

City should file bankruptcy, disincorporate, and would then become the problem of the various townships. Considering the impact the Charter Township Act had on Ypsilanti's ability to grow, that would be poetic justice...


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.

After years of espousing the merger solution, I am encouraged by the recent support for same. Creative use of the EFM act should enable this to proceed in a logical, responsible manner. For those who fear the ruling class in "T.R.-ville", a ward system for election to the governing entity (council, board, etc.) should allay those fears. As long as the top gun is an elected mayor, supervisor or other such type (not an anointed ruler), the will of the people should be preserved.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

unfortunately that would almost completely dissolve the voters rights in the city in total deference to the township (and Ms. Stumbo and her crew) would put us in the same situation as West Willow, or Spice tree or other stuff they manage on this side of 94 - a) they aren't that well managed fiscally b) zero out our police protection and see how it goes? guess we'd have to call ourselves "Libertyville"...

Mr. Ed

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:47 p.m.

This will be the death of Ypsilanti City. May you rest in peace.

average joe

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:23 p.m.

Ypsilanti- what a training ground for an EFM. If he couldn't help Ypsi (& was part of the waterworks deal), he sure shouldn't be any part of an EFM position.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:01 p.m.

Agreed, but maybe he played ball with someone for the possession.