Center Line council to consider appointment of fellow member

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 6, 2021


CENTER LINE — Members of the Center Line City Council looked set to consider a recommended replacement of one of their own at a special meeting on Aug. 9, following the death of Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem James Reid.

Reid, 71, died July 12 at Ascension St. John Hospital in Warren. He’d served on the City Council since his appointment in 2015 and ran for the seat in 2019, winning election to his first four-year term.

“I’m going to recommend Patrick Pockrandt for the position,” Center Line Mayor Bob Binson confirmed at press time on Aug. 5. “He’s a longtime resident of the city, and he’s been helping us out very much at the festivals we have. When I talk to him, he’s always had the best interests of Center Line at heart.”

Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine confirmed that an appointment was imminent and that a special meeting of the City Council had been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 9, after the Warren Weekly went to press. Champine said council members had 30 days by law to approve a successor.

Binson said five names were ultimately considered and that Pockrandt emerged as his choice.

“That’s my recommendation. Hopefully, council’s going to agree and we’ll have him instated on Monday,” Binson said. “I think that he’s a really good person for the job, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do for the city.”

If approved, Pockrandt would serve the remainder of Reid’s term, set to expire in November 2023.

Pockrandt is the husband of Center Line’s Deputy City Clerk Janice Pockrandt and, as a member of council, would have to abstain from voting on any matter related to her employment or salary. A similar situation arose with former City Councilman Ron Lapham, whose wife, Jane Lapahm, worked for the city as an executive secretary.