Lathrup appoints first female African-American mayor

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 6, 2017



LATHRUP VILLAGE — Wiping away tears, newly appointed Lathrup Village Mayor Mykale “Kelly” Garrett said she was shocked at the City Council’s decision to appoint her as mayor. 

At the Nov. 20 council meeting, Garrett was named mayor in a 3-2 vote. Garrett replaces former Mayor Frank Brock. 

According to Ken Marten, assistant to the city administrator, Garrett is the first African-American woman to serve as mayor in Lathrup Village. 

The election of mayor was done by secret paper ballot at the meeting, administered by City Clerk Yvette Talley. 

Prior to her appointment, Garrett served as Lathrup Village’s  first  female African-American mayor pro tem. She was elected to the City Council in 2013 and was re-elected for a four-year term in 2015. 

The Lathrup Village City Council has five members, one of which is the mayor. After each election, the mayor is elected among the council members, and he or she serves in that position until the next council election. 

On Nov. 7, voters in Lathrup Village selected newcomer Bruce Kantor, and incumbents Frank Brock and Ian Ferguson for seats on the council. 

Five candidates ran for two four-year terms and one two-year term. Kantor and Brock will serve four-year terms, while Ferguson will serve a two-year term. 

Kantor was voted mayor pro tem in a 3-2 vote at the Nov. 20 meeting. 

 Brock had served as the Lathrup Village mayor since 1995 and has served on the council since 1989. 

Garrett and Brock shared a hug after Garrett was sworn in. 

“I’m still a little — I guess the right word to say is in shock. You have been a mentor to me,” Garrett said to Brock at the meeting. “I look to you as family. It has been my pleasure. I’ve learned a lot from you. I really appreciate everything that you’ve done for me, and you’ve gone above and beyond — probably more than most people even know, and I really look to you for guidance.”

Brock said he expressed to the council prior to the vote that he was interested in serving another term as the city’s mayor. 

“I had indicated to a couple of the members that I was interested in continuing for one more term, and they thought otherwise, so that’s fine,” Brock said. “I expect to continue to work productively as a member of the council to do what’s right for the city of Lathrup Village going forward.”

Brock commended Garrett for her work in the city so far. 

“Kelly has done a good job in her role as mayor pro tem. At this point, I expect she will do a great job for the city. “