List of mayors of Flint, Michigan

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The Mayor of Flint, Michigan is a "strong mayor". In Flint's previous 1929 charter, the mayor was one of the City Commissioners.

1855–1888[edit]

The mayor was one of many city wide elected officers including the Recorder, Supervisor, Treasurer, Marshal, Directors of the Poor, School Inspector and Justices of the Peace. Additionally, other administrative officers were selected by wards.[1]

Mayor Start of Term End of Term Notes
Grant Decker 1855 1856
Robert J. S. Page 1856 1857
Henry M. Henderson 1857 1858
William M. Fenton 1858 1860[2][3] Some records show Porter Hazelton as Mayor from 1859-1860[4]
Henry H. Crapo 1860 1861
Ephraim S. Williams 1861 1862
William Paterson 1862 1863
William Hamilton 1863 1865
William B. McCreery 1865 1867
Austin B. Witherbee 1867 1868[2][4]
Samuel M. Axford 1868 1869[2][3]
William S. Patrick 1869 1870
James B. Walker 1870 1871
David Spencer Fox 1871 1873
George H. Durand 1873 1875
Alexander McFarland 1875 1876
William Hamilton 1876 1877
Edward H. Thompson 1877 1878
Jerome Eddy 1878 1879
James C. Willson 1879 1880[3]
Zacheus Chase 1880 1881
Charles A. Mason 1881 1882
William A. Atwood 1882 1883
George E. Newall 1883 1884
William W. Joyner 1884 1885
Mathew Davison 1885 1886
George T. Warren 1886 1887
John C. Dayton 1887 1888

[2][4]

1888 Charter[edit]

Mayor Start of Term End of Term Notes
Oren Stone 1888 1889
Frank D. Baker 1889 1890
William A. Paterson 1890 1891
Francis H. Rankin, Jr. 1891 1892
George E. Taylor 1892 1893
Andrew J. Ward 1893 1894
Arthur C. McCall 1894 1894
John C. Zimmerman, Sr. 1895 1896
Samuel C. Randall 1896 1897
Milton C. Pettibone 1897 1898
George R. Gold 1898 1899
Hugh Alexander Crawford 1899 1900
Charles A. Cummings 1900 1901
Clark B. Dibble 1901 1902
Austin D. Alvord 1902 1904
Bruce J. McDonald 1904 1905
David D. Aitken 1905 1906
George E. McKinley 1906 1908
Horace C. Spencer 1908 1909
Guy W. Selby 1909 1911
John A. C. Menton 1911 1912
Charles Stewart Mott 1912 1914
John R. MacDonald 1914 1915
William H. McKeighan 1915 1916
Earl F. Johnson 1916 1917[2][4]
George C. Kellar 1917 1918
Charles Stewart Mott 1918 1919
George C. Kellar 1919 1920
Edwin W. Atwood 1920 1922
William H. McKeighan 1922 1923
David R. Cuthbertson 1923 1924
Judson L. Transue 1924 1927
William H. McKeighan 1927 1928
Ray A. Brownell 1929 1930

[4]


Key to party COLORS and ABBREVIATIONS for Members of the U.S. Congress
American (Know-Nothing) (K-N)
Adams (A),
Anti-Jacksonian (Anti-J),
National Republican (NR)
Anti-Administration (Anti-Admin)
Anti-Masonic (Anti-M)
Conservative (Con)
Democratic (D)
Dixiecrat (Dix),
States' rights (SR)
Democratic-Republican (D-R)
Farmer-Labor (FL)
Federalist (F)
Free Soil (FS)
Free Silver (FSv)
Fusion (FU)
Greenback (GB)
Jacksonian (J)
Non-Partisan League (NPL)
Nullifier (N)
Opposition (O)
Populist (Pop)
Pro-Administration (Pro-Admin)
Progressive (Prog)
Prohibition (Proh)
Readjuster (Rea)
Republican (R)
Socialist (Soc)
Unionist (U)
Whig (W)


Independent,
or None,
or Unaffiliated


1929 Charter[edit]

Under the 1929 charter, Flint move to a council–manager form of government with the council call the City Commission.

Mayor Start of Term End of Term Notes
Harvey J. Mallery 1930 1931
William H. McKeighan 1931 1933
Ray A. Brownell 1933 1934
Howard J. Clifford 1934 1935
George E. Boysen 1935 1936
Harold E. Bradshaw 1936 1938
Harry M. Comins 1938 1940
Oliver Tappin 1940 1940
William Osmund Kelly 1940 1944
Edwin C. McLogan 1944 1946
Edward J. Viall 1946 1948
George G. Wills 1948 1950
Paul Lovegrove 1950 1952
Donald W. Riegle, Sr. 1952 1954
George M. Algoe 1954 1958
Robert J. Egan 1958 1960
Charles A. Mobley 1960 1962
George R. Poulos 1962 1964
Harry K. Cull 1964 1966
Floyd J. McCree 1966 1968
Donald R. Cronin 1968 1970
Francis E. Limmer 1970 1973
Paul Calvin Visser 1973 1975

[4]

1974 Charter[edit]

Mayor Start of Term End of Term Administrator Notes Elections[5]
James W. Rutherford 1975 1983
Year Votes opponent opponent's votes
1975 20,679 Floyd J. McCree 20,474
1979 20,738 Floyd J. McCree 12,902
James A. Sharp, Jr. 1983 1987
1983 21,718 James W. Rutherford 20,467
Matthew S. Collier 1987 1991[4]
1987 22,874 James A. Sharp, Jr. 19,509
Woodrow Stanley 1991 March 5, 2002 ? (1991–2001)
Darnell Earley (2001–2002)
Recalled from office in third term[6]
1991 25,946 Matt Collier 17,686
1995 21,687 Don Williamson 9,168
1999 17,224 Scott Kincaid 16,393
2002 12,336 Recall 15,863
Darnell Earley March 5, 2002 AUGUST 06, 2002 himself Temporary Mayor per City Charter
Effectively City Administrator as of July 9, 2002, due to State appointment of Emergency Financial Manager, Ed Kurtz
James W. Rutherford AUGUST 06, 2002 2003 Darnell Earley elected to fill remainder of Stanley term; City still under State Financial Manager
2002 11,239 Arthur J. Pointer (WI) 4,712
[7]
Don Williamson 2003 February 15, 2009 Peggy R. Cook (2003–2007)
Darryl Buchanan (2007–2009)
Michael Brown (2009)
Initially under Emergency Financial Manager lifted in 2004. facing recall; resigns[8]
2003 13,906 Floyd Clack 9,228
2007 12,434 Dayne Walling 11,853
Michael Brown February 16, 2009[8] August 5, 2009 himself Temporary Mayor per City Charter[8]
Dayne Walling August 5, 2009[9] present Gregory Eason (8/14/2009-[10] 12/2/2011.[11] Powers remove effective 12/1/2011 under city's financial emergency & transfer to Emergency Manager Michael Brown[12] until 8/7/2012 then under Ed Kurtz as emergency financial manager
2009 12,266 Brenda Clack 6,876
2011 8,819 (56%) Darryl Buchanan 6,868 votes (44%)[13]

See also:[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The History of Genesee County, MI. Chapter XIII: First City Officers.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chapter XIII: Roster of City Officials. The History of Genesee County, MI.
  3. ^ a b c Ellis, Franklin (1879). History of Genesee county, Michigan. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers.. Philadelphia, PA.: Everts & Abbott. p. 177. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "List of Flint City Mayors". Political Graveyards.com. Lawrence (Larry) Kestenbaum. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Raymer, Marjory (2007-08-09). "Two white candidates make history". The Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Fonger, Ron (2008-12-16). "Woodrow Stanley, headed for state House, thanks county commission for giving his political career new life". Flint Journal (in 2009-01-05) (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). [dead link]
  7. ^ "PRIMARY ELECTION GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN TUESDAY, AUGUST 06, 2002". Genesee County Website. Flint, Michigan: GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN. August 6, 2002. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Mayor of Flint, Michigan resigns for health reasons". Wikinews (Wikimedia Foundation). February 11, 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Kristin, Longley (2009-08-06). "Mayor Dayne Walling lays out priorities at swearing in ceremony, pledges to keep police chief". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Kristin, Longley (2009-08-14). "Gregory Eason appointed Flint city administrator by Mayor Dayne Walling". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Longley, Kristin (December 2, 2011). "Shakeup at Flint City Hall as new emergency manager issues layoffs, pay cuts". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Longley, Kristin (29 November 2011). "Former Acting Mayor Michael Brown named Flint's emergency manager". Flint Journal. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 9, 2011). "About 19 percent of voters turned out to re-elect Flint Mayor Dayne Walling". Flint Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2011.