Thursday, January 5, 2023

Last words

Westland mayor to present final State of the City address

Westland Mayor William R. Wild will leave the city Jan. 16 to spend more 
time with his wife, Sherri, and three children. He will present his final 
State of the City Address to the community next Thursday.
Westland Mayor William R. Wild will present his final  State of the City Address next week.

Wild, who is leaving the city to take a job in the private sector, will leave the mayor's office Jan. 16. Speculation continues as to who the members of the city council may appoint to take the leadership position in the community.

Voters will select a candidate to complete the remaining two years of Wild's term in an election later this year.

Members of the council can appoint someone from their ranks to the top job and then fill that council seat with another appointment. The new mayor, however, does not have to come from the current council, one observer noted.

Wild will become president and CEO of the Midwest Independent Retailers Association based in West Bloomfield.

The association, according the website, "serves as the voice of the food, beverage and petroleum industry."

Wild said his decision was based on his desire to have more time with his family.

 A graduate of John Glenn High School, Wild has served as the mayor of Westland since 2007. Wild served as a member of the city council before becoming mayor.

Wild will present the State of the City Address at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at SOHO Grand Banquet and Event Center located at 34615 Warren Road.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments served at 6 p.m. and the State of the City Address at 7 p.m.

Wild is expected to share reports of the progress of the city and highlight projects already in the works and future plans for development growth in the community.