Former West City Manager Lansing Remember Staton as a spectacular leader

Ted Staton, former manager of East Lansing City, died. (Photo: File photo)

EAST LANSING – Friends and colleagues are thinking of former East Lansing City Manager, Ted Staton, as a leading leader who guided the city through a rapid growth period and leaders in the future.

"He had a vision," said former WLC, who worked with Staton for six years and used his mentoring. "Economic development is, and I think it has done well."

He said that, Wicks said he reminded him of the most out of his leadership, thoughtfulness and intelligence.

Staton managed city-to-day operations for more than 16 years. He died on Tuesday, about two weeks after retiring as governor of the Upper Arlington, Columbus suburb of Ohio. It was 63.

Movon Staton, Ohio, went to East Lansing in early 1995 and remained until the end of 2011, making it the longest city manager in the city's history. He took a new hourly drive from Dayton hometown.

Staton Achievements in East Lansing

Staton led East Lansing during a large period of population and economic growth, particularly in the north of the city. Guiding commercial and residential development commenced and improving recreational facilities.

Speaking during the East Lansing City Council meeting during the Tuesday morning, Mayor Mark Meadows said he was fortunate to have worked with Staton during a high energy and productivity period.

Staton's achievements include the Hannah Community Center, the soccer complex, the aquatic center and the growth and development of the city, said Meadows.

"He took us from very low rated ratings for us for the 90th percent" and he was a "highly skilled administrator," said Meadows.

George Lahanas, East Manager of East Lansing City worked for Staton for ten years and continued to contact him through professional organizations after Staton moved back to Ohio. He described Staton as a "powerful manager" who encouraged people to improve it.

"He was a good man," said Lahanas to his former leader. "I thought it was very professional and had a strong commitment to running a good government."

Lansing's Deputy Mayor, David Hollister, was a strong advocate of Staton who was willing to participate in regional discussions, even if he was not always going to make recommendations. Staton had an academic sign and supported the job with numbers, said Hollister.

"If you had a disagreement, it would be very easy," Hollister said. "If he got back, he did not get angry. He just drove gays."

Hollister also accredited Staton to keep East Lansing solvent during the recession that began in 2008.

Wicks, who now works as an analyst for the bureau of state elections, believed Ston in mentoring and mentoring women. Staton had a "associate city manager" program in which the participants were attending meetings to learn the ropes, she said.

"It was for anyone who needed it," she said. "He made more of my life than anyone else. I'm very grateful to Ted for doing everything and to achieve it."

"Statue" and "cerebral person" had a statue that had a funny sense, "because of a wealthy wealth and had a strong relationship," said Wicks.

Staton awards included the John L. Patriarche Reliable Service Award for Occupational Achievement from the Michigan Local Government Association and the Vocational Education Award as the Rotary East Lansing Club.

Staton died after cancer prevention, according to published publication.

His wife, Carol, and his son, Paul and Bennett survive. Funeral stands for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building, 3600 Tremont Road.

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The reports presented Megan Banta and Sarah Lehr to this report. Contact Ken Palmer at (517) 377-1032 or kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow it on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj.

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