Lowell City Council fires city manager

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LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — The city manager of Lowell was fired Tuesday night.

The Lowell City Council voted 4-1 to fire city manager Mark Howe.

The city council voted earlier this month to hire legal counsel to look into Howe’s performance.

It’s unclear what performance issues led to the council’s decision; however, Howe was at the center of a union dispute in Oct. 2013.

In 2013, the state ruled that Howe violated the Public Employment Relations Act by not letting city workers speak at a city council meeting, not negotiating in good faith and giving $1,000 raises to non-union workers, but not giving the raise to the union workers.

The city appealed that decision but the state denied most of that appeal and ruled in favor of the union workers in Jan. 2015.

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