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Two finalists remain in the hunt for a new Battle Creek City Manager


BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- The next City Manager of Battle Creek will be a woman, but the two candidates offer very different opportunities.

51-year-old Susan Bedsole is the interim City Manager who has an intimate knowledge of the personalities and issues at Battle Creek City Hall. 45-year-old Rebecca Fleury is the Village manager and Finance Officer in Middleville who is energetic, full of new ideas, knows Michigan and can crunch numbers with the best of them.

She was also a finalist for Kalamazoo City Manager last year.

The list of four finalists was narrowed to two during 10-hours of interviews and analysis on Saturday.

They will make the final pick Tuesday night.

The Commission paid for a national search but as usually happens, wound up with finalists from the neighborhood.