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The Frankenmuth News
Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 111 No. 6 ~ In our 110th year!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Candidate field at six for city manager
As the weeks wind down on City Manager Charlie Graham’s 37-year career here in Frankenmuth, the list of candidates has been narrowed and ready for interviews.
Graham, 74, announced earlier this spring of his intent to retire, effective September 30, 2016. Ironically, he was hired on October 1, 1979, which is also the anniversary date of the city (1959).
Joyce Parker, an executive search recruiter with the Michigan Municipal League, will lead the interviewing process. The MML is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better through innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: Its communities.
City Clerk Phil Kerns said a total of 23 persons applied for the city manager’s position. Currently, six people are listed as finalists, including Kerns and current Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority Director Sheila Stamiris.
The interview process will begin at 9am Wednesday, August 31, at the Frankenmuth City and Township Governmental Center, 240 West Genesee Street.
The interview panel assisting Parker is the entire Frankenmuth City Council. The goal is to have the new city manager on board by Monday, October 3.
The City of Frankenmuth will host a 𠇌ommunity Celebration” to recognize Graham for his many accomplishments for the community.
The event will be held on Thursday, September 29, from 4-8pm in Heritage Park’s Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. The celebration will include a display of city vehicles, photos and materials from Graham’s near-40-year career here, musical entertainment, inflatable games for the children, refreshments and hors oeuvres.
Persons wishing to honor his career with financial honorariums should consider the Frankenmuth City Beautification Committee.
More information will appear in the News as plans are put in place.