REED CITY — At the first council meeting with acting city manager Ron Howell at the helm, the council took time to recognize an employee leaving the city.

Former Reed City Police school liason officer Matt Decker was presented with a plaque by Reed City Police Cheif Chuck Davis, honoring his more than three years of employment with the county.

“When Matt came to us, he was relatively new to police work,” Davis said. “It’s going to be hard to replace him and his quality of (work).”

Hired in September of 2009, Decker worked his last day in Reed City on Jan. 4 before beginning his new job at Ferris State University.

“Thank you. (The Reed City Police Department) was a great group to learn from,” Decker said, upon receiving the award.

In other business, the council expressed appreciation with Howell’s performance since he began in the position in early January, noting his frequent communication.

“I do appreciate the weekly report and I thought it was very enlightening to have your comments before the meeting,” said Mayor Bonnie Danzeisen to Howell during the meeting.

Howell, of Cedar Springs has 28 years of experience and has managed eight communities around the state. He was hired on a part-time basis while the city searches for a full time city manager. He works in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays without exceeding 24 hours in a week.

“Everyone in the city has been very cooperative and very helpful,” Howell said.

The next meeting of the Reed City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Reed City City Hall.