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Mayor Schor not reappointing Louney to BWL board

Posted at 6:24 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 15:05:46-04

A former Ingham County commissioner's email mistake may cost him his seat on the board of Lansing's Board of Water and Light.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says he's no longer reappointing Dennis Louney to the BWL.

"The allegation is that he sent an email from a public board from the County Commission soliciting campaign dollars, and I'm pretty sure people would not want us campaigning using the public tax dollar," Schor said.

Tuesday night, the mayor submitted a letter to the city council to withdraw Louney's reappointment to the utility board.

Earlier this month, Louney resigned from the Ingham County Board of Commissioners after a complaint was filed against the former commissioner for responding to a campaign email from his county account.

"Those are the issues that have arisen, that have caused concerns about a breach of public trust. So that's going through its own process. The clerk has referred that to the proper authorities and so we decided to withdraw the reappointment and we will review the situation," Schor said.

Back in July, Louney told News 10 that he was new to politics and that it was an honest mistake.

A mistake that Schor says will cost Louney his support for reappointment.

News 10 reached out to Louney to get a statement about the mayor's withdrawal for reappointment, but he has not responded.