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Denise
Denise Lawrence
Mayor
328 N 6th St
West Branch, MI 48661
denisedlawrence@gmail.com
(989) 345-1774
 
 

Jim
 Jim Hasty
Mayor Pro Tem
(Ward 1)

304 Sidney St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
 Jim Graduated from West Branch High School and went on to continue his education at Central Michigan University to obtain a degree in Secondary Education.

He taught Chemistry, first at Handy High School in Bay City, and then taught the same here in West Branch.  Jim later went on to work for the District 2 Health Department which was a position he held until his retirement in 2008. In addition to his professional career, he was a past Master of the West Branch Masonic Lodge, and also served as a Board Trustee for West Branch Regional Medical Center from 1983 to 2010.

Jim is happily married to Janet, and together they have two children, Andrew & Erin.
Dave 
David R. Lucas
Council Member
(At-Large)

311 State St
West Branch, MI  48661
David4565@charter.net
(989) 387-0711
 
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 Joanne Bennett
Council Member
(
At-Large)

121 N First St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
 
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Dan Weiler
Council Member
(At-Large)

121 N Fourth St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
 
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Tim Schaiberger
Council Member
(Ward 2)

121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661 tschaiberger@yahoo.com
(989
) 915-8582

 
Rusty 
Rusty Showalter

Council Member
(Ward 3)

121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661
showalterr@westbranch.com
(989) 345-0500
Rusty was appointed to Council mid-term in 2008, and then elected by the people in 2010.  Raised in neighboring Houghton Lake, Rusty moved to West Branch in 1999 overseeing a greater portion of the affordable housing in Ogemaw County.

Since obtaining his position on Council, he has been active in the community serving as a previous Kiwanian (in which he still participates in the annual Variety Show), and the Chairman of the West Branch Children's Film Festival.  Rusty currently also serves as the Chairman of the West Branch DDA, Chairman of the West Branch Fireworks committee and Vise-Chair of Ogemaw Hills Recreation Department.  He is a board member of the WWTP Authority, CASA and is an active member of the Michigan Municipal League where he served three consecutive 1 year terms for Michigan's Region 6.  First as Secretary, then Vice President and finishing his service as President in 2014.  Rusty is also enrolled in the MML's Elected Official Academy and has graduated from Level 1, with hopes of completing Level 2 & 3 by the end of 2015.

Rusty enjoys camping & spending time with his wife Denise, his children Michael (Laura) & Shawn, and his granddaughters Brooklynn & Lacey.