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Siddiqi appointed to Lathrup council

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 9, 2019


LATHRUP VILLAGE — The Lathrup Village City Council recently welcomed a new member to its team.

On Dec. 17, Saleem Siddiqi was sworn in to a seat on the council, filling a spot left vacant by the retirement of Frank Brock, longtime councilman and mayor.

Brock retired Dec. 31, and Siddiqi’s term became effective Jan. 1.

Mayor Kelly Garrett explained that the appointment is congruent with the city’s charter.

“We, as a council, came together and decided on the right way of filling this seat,” Garrett said. “What we decided to do — as our colleagues have done around us in the past — is we went from the results of the last election.”

Siddiqi was sworn in at the meeting by City Clerk Yvette Talley, and he thanked the council for his appointment.

“I really appreciate it. I’m looking forward to serving the city of Lathrup Village,” he said. “Obviously, Mayor Brock has been an icon here and has done a tremendous job over the years.”

Siddiqi said he wants to help further the success of the city.

“I just want to come in and do the best that I can for the city  — work hard and continue the great work that our council has been doing to keep our city great  — so thank you,” Siddiqi said.

Siddiqi is a senior manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, a public accounting and consulting firm. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.

Talley said in a previous report that Brock was re-elected to the City Council in 2017, and his term was set to expire in 2021.

Siddiqi was the next-highest vote-getter for the seat in the 2017 election.