Benton Harbor City Commissioner stepping down from position

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Benton Harbor City Commissioner Trenton Bowens tells Newscenter 16 he is stepping down from his position.

His resignation will be effective Aug. 31.

Bowens said his health and the current "toxic" environment at city hall were factors in his decision.

"I have tremors and they get worse the older I get," he said.

He tells Newscenter 16 that he has noticed a lot of infighting among city officials.

"At the last commissioners' meeting, it was a yelling match," Bowens said. "One city commissioner threatened to fight another city commissioner. You have to ask yourself if it's worth being here and having your blood pressure go up."

Bowens was up for re-election in November 2015.

He said it has been an honor to serve the people of the city. Bowens plans to remain involved in the community even after he steps down.

He also wants to focus on tackling the slum lord problem in Benton Harbor during his final months in office.

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