The City of Flint has announced a new city administrator. Natasha Henderson, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Muskegon Heights, was chosen from a field of 27 candidates. Henderson was announced at a press conference in the lobby of City Hall today and will begin her appointment on February 23rd, 2015.

Henderson, whose previous experience includes Assistant to the City Adminstrator and Director of Quality Assurance for the City of Texarkana in Texas, has accepted a five-year contract with an annual contract of $140,000 plus a car and communication allowance. According to a news release from the City of Flint, Henderson's compensation is in line with other cities in Michigan with populations between 50,000 and 99,000.

Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, wwho made the appointment of a city administrator a key element in his transition plan for the city to go back to local control, said "Henderson brings an experienced, trained city management professional to Flint. She will arrive at an important time as the city prepares to move into a transition period from state-appointed emergency management to home rule order."

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling welcomed Ms. Henderson to the City of Flint's management team saying "I look forward to having an opportunity to work with Ms. Henderson. She brings a new perspective and I expect she will develop very good relationships with the city council and the rest of the Flint community."

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