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Proposed changes to Kentwood city charter

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- In an effort aimed at preventing convicted felons from serving on the city commission, Kentwood leaders may seek voters to change the city's charter.

The proposed amendment came about after public concern over second ward commissioner Ray VerWys felony embezzlement convictions nine years ago.

Following discussions Tuesday evening concerning the proposed charter amendment, commissioners decided to go forward with a measure for the November elections.

Commissioner VerWys said, "I'm certainly disappointed in my fellow commissioners that they would feel this was prudent that it's right to say that someone doesn't get that second chance to redeem themselves and move forward, I think that's unfortunate."

The amendment will be submitted to the Governor's office and state Attorney General for review. The question will likely show up on the Kentwood November ballot.