Newcomer joins Grosse Pointe Shores City Council

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 27, 2017

SHORES — During their last meeting of the 2017 calendar year, the members of the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council welcomed their newest member.

Matt Seely, who ran to replace City Councilman Dr. Alexander Ajlouni — who didn’t run for re-election — won a seat in an uncontested council election Nov. 7. He was sworn into office by Mayor Ted Kedzierski during the council’s Dec. 19 meeting. Seely had been out of town for the council’s November meeting, on a trip scheduled before he declared his run for council.

“This is one of the delightful parts of the meeting,” Kedzierski said. “Welcome aboard. We’re glad to have you, Matt.”

Seely, 53, is the CEO of Quality Bending and Threading Inc., a Detroit-based manufacturing company. He has lived in the Shores for the last 17 years. His wife and daughter were among those on hand to see him sworn in.

Seely has been named to serve as the council liaison to the Harbor Committee and the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, which is the city’s nonprofit arm. Although he no longer has a boat in the city’s Osius Park harbor, he said he had one there for years.

“More than anything … I want to just figure out a way to work with everyone else and move forward in the same manner that we have (been moving),” said Seely, praising the current council for its efforts to improve the city. 

Seely said the council consists of “a good group of people,” and he’s happy to join them.

“I’m more interested in continuity and cooperation,” Seely said after the meeting.

Incumbent City Councilmen Robert Barrette Jr. and Bruce Bisballe, who were re-elected for new four-year terms along with Seely in November, were sworn into office by Kedzierski during the Nov. 21 council meeting. As the highest vote-getter during the November election, Bisballe was named mayor pro tem. Kedzierski said this has been the city’s policy over the last seven years.