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Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Village Manager, plans, develops, and directs a complete program of police services to protect the lives and property of the public and to preserve peace in the Village. Establishes and administers departmental policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to police activities, department personnel, and overall department administration.
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The Village of Lawton is seeking an experienced professional to continue the growth of our community. The town has made considerable progress in a number of areas including community involvement, economic development, job creation, housing, downtown development, and infrastructure modernization.
The next Village Manager will have the opportunity to enhance and extend the as the community continues to grow and prosper. The successful candidate will likely possess at least several years’ experience in municipal government administration, including having played an active role in financial administration, economic development, infrastructure expansion and construction project management.
Lawton currently stands on the cusp of significant job growth. This growth will provide opportunities for expanded housing, will help feed local businesses, and should increase usage of municipal services. Lawton is striving to become a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community and is actively focused on transparency, communications, community involvement, and a host of other progressive initiatives.
Being blessed with an excellent K-12 school system, the employment growth and improvements to housing opportunities we anticipate will help attract young families as well as empty-nesters and seniors.
Lawton is in the process several significant initiatives and projects, including:
- The adoption of a new Master Plan in September 2023 has brought us to a review of the Zoning Ordinance with completion by January. This will bring Lawton to the Certified RRC status with MEDC and open several financial opportunities for expanded growth and planning.
- Lawton has partnered with MDOT to maximize the 2024 reconstruction of M-40 through the Village to include the replacement of water; sanitary sewer and of storm water utilities. Along with this, the entire downtown streetscape will be rebuilt, and sidewalk will be extended north from downtown to the Dollar General store. This project is a total cost of $XX, with the village financing its portion of $XX with cash.
- To augment this once-in-a-generation street project, Lawton was awarded an $850,000 Revitalizing and Placemaking (RAP) grant to build a new downtown center dubbed “Reid’s Corner” that will be a versatile public gathering space and include a Farmers Market, outdoor concert / movie venue, social zone, and picnic area with plenty of open-air space for additional activities.
- The Village is also preparing plans to extend water and sanitary utilities a quarter mile to the north side of the village thanks to a $1 million State of Michigan contribution. This to accommodate 2 new business endeavors with eventual plans to extend the utilities through the north side of the community to open the area for housing development. • After the successful installation of a splash pad in 2020, Lawton is currently working to further improve its main park, Chancy Lewis Park, by renovating the bathrooms, park furniture and basketball courts and converting an old tennis court into pickleball courts thanks to an MDNR Passport Grant. A Grand Re-opening should occur early Summer ’24.
- The business climate is also attractive in Lawton. Welch’s is a long-term corporate citizen, and just invested $25,000,000 to extend their manufacturing processes in Lawton.
- In addition to Welches, several major industrial redevelopment projects are currently in the works, anticipated to bring significant growth to the local community, including 150 – 200 well-paying jobs. The recent renovation of the Blueberry Hill Senior Care facility as well as the White Oak Randall Residence offer over 120 beds in Senior Assisted Living.
- Over the past several years, Village Council has prioritized substantial efforts aimed at blight reduction, resulting in opportunities for residential infill, housing rehab opportunities, and improved quality of life.
The Lawton Village Manager will oversee an annual budget of $7.3 million and a team of 15 full-time staff. The Manager will report to a seven-member Village Council elected with staggered terms. The President is directly elected by the residents. The Village Council is interested in meeting candidates who will build meaningful regional relationships, understand municipal finances and be visible in and around the community.
Lawton is located halfway between Detroit and Chicago and 4 miles south of I-94. Lawton is located in the heart of the fruit belt, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, and orchards, as well as numerous lakes and streams and a quick drive to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. With the Kalamazoo/Portage metro area just twenty minutes away, Lawton provides a lower cost of living while being close to several colleges, a major university, and numerous cultural attractions.
The Village offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short term, long term and life insurance as well as a retirement plan, vacation and sick time. Salary ranges from $75,000 to $82,000 DOQ.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, October 20, but position will remain open until filled. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references to:
Clerk@LawtonMI.org – Subject: Village of Lawton Manager Search
OR mail to: Village of Lawton Manager Search; 125 S Main Street PO Box 367, Lawton MI 49065, ATTN: Village Clerk
Confidentiality must be requested but cannot be provided for those selected as final candidates. The Village of Lawton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Community Work Sessions
The next opportunity for family and community members to take an active role in the strategic planning process is Wednesday, March 8th. There will be two sessions available to choose from
Noon – 1pm at Lawton High School Board Room
5:00pm-6:30pm at Lawton High School Library
Please contact Ben Bandfield firstname.lastname@example.org / 269.624.7901 with any questions
The Village of Lawton DDA Meeting has been cancelled for Wednesday, February 15, 2023. The meeting has been moved to Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
The Village of Lawton Planning Commission has been cancelled for Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
MDOT open house on Aug. 10 in Lawton for M-40 rebuilding project
COLOMA, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to attend an open house to discuss a planned 3-year project to rebuild M-40 from 72nd Avenue to Lagrave Street through the village of Lawton (https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDgsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjA4MDguNjE5MjMyMzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21kb3RqYm9zcy5zdGF0ZS5taS51cy9NaURyaXZlL21hcD9jb25zdFpvbmU9dHJ1ZSZsYXQ9NDIuMTc5NDU4MTk1MjIzMDU2Jmxvbj0tODUuODY3MzE0ODE0MTUzOTYmem9vbT0xMyJ9.B1Fn_gQ7_ivWOTWsX_3EI154o1-vDa3nVhgDkusY6yA/s/1833133960/br/142223831618-l) . Proposed work includes repaving and rebuilding M-40, shoulder widening, intersection and drainage improvements, village infrastructure improvements, and tree planting.
Community stakeholders and leaders
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
4 – 6 p.m.
Lawton Village Hall
125 S. Main St.
Lawton, MI 49065
Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “lnks.gd” claiming to be MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “lnks.gd” claiming to be https://www.Michigan.gov/MDOT/Programs/Title-VI (https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDksInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjA4MDguNjE5MjMyMzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5NaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YvTURPVC9Qcm9ncmFtcy9UaXRsZS1WSSJ9.nM-hPnGqXj3hgocnkbomOohRg1jyMy4AE9eDvhu8HDs/s/1833133960/br/142223831618-l) . Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.
MDOT plans to rebuild or repave M-40 from 72nd Avenue to Lagrave Street, incorporating improvements to village storm sewer, water main, and sanitary sew, as well as incorporating desired elements from the village’s master plan, such as streetscaping, non-motorized and pedestrian safety improvements. Construction includes shoulder widening, intersection and drainage improvements, box culvert replacement at the Lawton Drain, and planting deciduous and evergreen trees.
During repaving work, there will be single-lane closures with traffic regulators. There will be total closures with posted detours during the rebuilding phase of construction.
Construction is planned in 2023-24, and tree planting is planned in spring 2025.
An online comment form (https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMTAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMjA4MDguNjE5MjMyMzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2Zvcm1zLm9mZmljZS5jb20vUGFnZXMvUmVzcG9uc2VQYWdlLmFzcHg_aWQ9aDNENzFYYzNyVUtXYW9rdTlISWwwV3E2aUM2dmNTZE1za2JKUEhKWFoxeFVRelJOU3pST1YxQk9SVUpOVDBGT1JVYzBXa2cwUlVwYVZDNHUifQ.VAP3onHMgPU708EZvG-6dGrt_Tx1jdyOe__Ov4EG9rI/s/1833133960/br/142223831618-l) is available to submit comments and suggestions on the proposed project.
The Lawton Planning Commission AND Lawton Village Council will be holding a Special Joint Meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Lawton Village Hall, 125 S Main St, PO Box 367, Lawton MI 49065. A portion of the meeting will also be held on-site at 502 N Main Street, Lawton MI. During this special meeting, a Public Hearing will be held receive comments on a proposed site plan, variance request, and zoning ordinance amendment for 502 N Main Street, Lawton MI 49065.
Those who are unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to the Village Manager at ImusL@LawtonMI.gov or the above-mentioned address. Written comments must be received before 4:00 pm on June 1, 2022. The Village will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon four (4) business days’ notice to the Village Clerk.
This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended (MCL 41.72a (2)(3)) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. A copy of this notice is on file at Lawton Village Hall, located at 125 S. Main Street, PO Box 367, Lawton MI 49065, ph 269.624.6407 www.lawtonmi.gov
Brittany Rathbun, Village Clerk
Village of Lawton REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION 125 S. MAIN, LAWTON MI 49065 269.624.6407
The Village of Lawton Planning Commission has been cancelled for Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
VILLAGE OF LAWTON, MI – 269.624.6407 – WWW.LAWTONMI.GOV
POSTED THIS 2nd DAY OF MAY 2022
Village Request for Ordinance Investigation Form now available online.
Please complete form regarding any concerns including blight, parking in yards, code violations, loose animals, etc. and return it to the Village.
You can find the document HERE on our FORMS page under the “Citizen Concerns” tab, or by searching for “Request for Investigation” in the search field.