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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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City of Berkley Down to Four Finalists for City Manager Position

Public Open House to Meet Candidates is Feb. 19

BERKLEY, Michigan —The search for the next Berkley City Manager is down to four.
Thirty-five candidates applied for the Berkley City Manager’s position and four finalists have been selected for interviews later this month. The Michigan Municipal League’s executive search service is coordinating the efforts to replace long-time City Manager Jane Bais DiSessa, who left to take the deputy mayor’s post in Pontiac.

The League thoroughly reviewed the applicants and prepared a report for the city council search committee and allowed the members to review the applications without candidates’ names identified. The city council decided to invite the top candidates for interviews.

The interview process includes a tour of the city and a public open house. The interviews are scheduled for Saturday, February 20 at Berkley City Hall, 3328 Coolidge Highway, beginning at 10 a.m. The “meet the candidates” open house will be held on February 19 at the Berkley Community Center at 2400 Robina, 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to the open house and interviews. Here are the four finalists (by order of the interview schedule):

  • Matthew Baumgarten currently serves as the city administrator of nearby Lathrup Village. He has held previous positions with Lathrup Village since 2008 and has his masters of public administration from Oakland University.

  • Elke Doom was most recently city manager in Princeton, West Virginia. She previously held the township supervisor/manager position with Huron Charter Township. Doom holds a master of public administration from Siena Heights University and a public manager certification from Saginaw Valley State University.

  • Tim Boland previously worked as the city manager of Steubenville, Ohio. He was also city administrator for the City of Pataskala, Ohio and economic development director for Delaware County, Ohio.

  • Vince Pastue recently was employed by the City of Mount Dora, Florida as the city manager. He previously was the city manager of Farmington for 13 years. He also held positions in Isabelle County, the City of Clare, and the City of Belding.

The new Berkley city manager will possess boundless energy and the creative passion necessary to engage a supportive citizenry in solidifying a 21st century identity which respects the culture and traditions that have led to its success as the second “Best Place to Live in Michigan,” according to Areavibes. It was also ranked by Money Magazine as the 28th “Best Place to Live” in the country.

The city will offer a competitive benefit package with a salary range of $90,000 to $115,000, depending on qualifications, experience, and negotiations. Residency and relocation incentives may be considered.

The city manager search is being led by the Michigan Municipal League’s Executive Search service. The League’s search service has conducted hundreds of city manager, county administrator, and other executive searches throughout Michigan since the program began in 1998.

The Michigan Municipal League has been committed to providing the best possible advocacy, resources, and service to Michigan communities since 1899. With the League’s intimate knowledge of communities’ needs and challenges, we are in a unique position to provide a comprehensive executive search service. Our facilitators work closely with each community to develop a customized process, built on years of experience.     





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