Dana Watson Becomes First Black Mayor Pro Tem of East Lansing, Michigan

Watson graduated from MSU with a bachelor of arts in communications and a masters in human and social services. (Photo by: Mikayla Temple, WSYM, 2021.)

East Lansing Council Member Dana Watson was appointed to the vacant mayor pro tem position at Thursday nights special council meeting making her the first Black person and Black woman to hold the position.

Watson was nominated by Council Member Ron Bacon. No other nominations were offered and council members voted 4-0 in favor of Watson’s new appointment.

“I’ve been in review of the charter for what the responsibilities are for the mayor pro tem, I counted the number of weeks until a new mayor pro tem will come, and I looked at my time off that I had at my job,” Watson said. “So I am more than ready to be prepared to step in, and I’m happy to serve in this way for these final 10 weeks.”

Mayor Jessy Gregg was also officially sworn in as the new mayor after former Mayor Aaron Stephens resigned last week.

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SOURCE: FOX 47, Mikayla Temple

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