Floyd J. McCree
Floyd J. McCree
|Register of Deeds|
1971 – 1988
|Succeeded by||Jeffrey Brohn|
|Constituency||Genesee County, Michigan|
|82nd / 20th City Commission Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan|
|Preceded by||Harry K. Cull|
|Succeeded by||Donald R. Cronin.|
|City Commissioner of the City of Flint, Michigan|
1958 – 1970
Webster Grove, MO
|Children||Melvin P., Byron, Anita and Marsha|
|Alma mater||Lincoln University|
McCree served in the South Pacific in World War II in the army, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. After leaving the service, he was hired in at the Buick foundry in Flint, becoming a foreman. McCree was latter promoted to supervisor of maintenance.
McCree was elected the Flint City Commission in 1958. The Flint City Commission selected him as mayor for the years 1966–68. During his time as Mayor, he pushed for open housing and employment equal opportunity.
In 1967, he was involved in trying to end the violence in Detroit during the racial disturbances. That same year after the City Commission refused to adopt an open housing ordinance, he threatened to resign as mayor. Other prominent black joined in threatening to resign from public boards. The open housing law was later adopted in a charged contested referendum. McCree continued serving on the City Commission until 1970. In 1970, he was a Michigan state representatives candidate for the 82nd District.
In 1971, McCree took office as Genesee County Register of deeds. He ran for Mayor under a new charter that directly elected a strong mayor in 1975 and 1979 losing both times to James W. Rutherford.
|Election||McCree votes||Rutherford votes|
|| Register of Deeds of Genesee County, Michigan
Harry K. Cull
| Mayor of Flint
Donald R. Cronin
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- Fonger, Ron (2008-04-03). "Genesee County Register of Deeds Melvin McCree announces retirement, day after judge appoints guardian to oversee him". The Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
- Raymer, Marjory (2007-08-09). "Two white candidates make history". The Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
- Mickle, Bryn (17 April 2008). "Former Register of Deeds Jeffrey Brohn claims arrest intended to keep him from running for office again". The Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
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