Consulting Blue Arrows

Executive Search Service

The Michigan Municipal League has been committed to providing the best possible advocacy, resources, and service to Michigan communities since 1899. We provide our members with the tools and knowledge they need to effectively manage and develop their communities. With the League’s intimate knowledge of communities’ needs and challenges, we are in a unique position to provide a comprehensive executive search service.

The executive search service is a resource offered to strengthen the quality of municipal government and administration through successful placement of public leaders. The League is invested in the community before, during, and after the search and is dedicated to a long-term partnership. A typical League search ranges from 120 days and is customized to the specific needs of the community.

Our typical level of service includes the following:

  • An extensive community profile and recruitment brochure developed through department head and staff engagement

  • Advanced marketing, including customized online advertising, targeted email, and the League’s social media

  • Direct recruitment of passive candidates

  • Personal pre-screening of viable applicants and reference checks

  • Development of customized interview questions and the candidate selection format/process

  • Assistance with the conditional offer of employment, background check, and contract negotiation

We also provide enhance services including:

  • Community outreach meetings and public forums

  • Recruitment video

  • Social event or non-traditional setting for candidate screening

  • Community tours

  • Site visits to finalist communities (expense for travel is additional)

  • Media packet with press releases provided for the local media at key points during the search

Our Team

Joyce Parker
Joyce Parker


Joyce Parker is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has worked in city management in several communities in Michigan and Illinois. She has worked as a City Manager and Township Manager in Jackson, Saginaw, Inkster, and Buena Vista Charter Township in Michigan. She also served as City Manager in Elgin, Illinois. Ms. Parker has served as Deputy State Treasurer with the State of Michigan, Department of Treasury. As Deputy State Treasurer, Ms. Parker was responsible for the Bureau of Local Government and School Services; State and Authority Finance; and the Michigan Infrastructure Council. She currently serves as President and CEO for The Municipal Group, which is a consulting firm that provides services to local government in the areas of personnel, labor relations, interim staffing, strategic planning, and financial and operating assessments. Ms. Parker received numerous awards including the Susan B. Anthony Award from the YMCA; the Spirit of Saginaw Award from the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce; the Jim Sinclair Award from the Michigan Municipal League; and the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Ms. Parker is a member of ICMA, Michigan Municipal Executives and a board member for The Library Network.

Glen Anderson


Glenn Anderson has over 38 years of successful municipal management, downtown development, community development and economic development experience. He has served as village manager with the Village of Baraga and the Village of Ontonagon, and as city manager with the City of Hancock. He has served on the Board of the Portage Lake Water and Sewer Authority, and served as President of the Michigan Tech SmartZone Board of Directors. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carthage College and his master’s degree from Northern Michigan University.

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Jeffrey L. Mueller


Jeffrey L. Mueller is an experienced and respected management professional. He has over 30 years of municipal experience, is an ICMA credentialed manager and a member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association. He has worked for the City of Lathrup Village, City of Madison Heights, and the City of Grosse Pointe Park. He has also served as the chair of the South Oakland County Water Authority, South Oakland County Resource and Recovery Authority, and the Michigan Municipal League Centennial Youth Committee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, attending the Institute for Public Administration at Central Michigan University, and holds a S2 Water Distribution License from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Jerry Richards


Jerry Richards is an experienced local government manager with private sector experience in marketing, engineering, and recruitment services. He has served as both a township and city manager, in Meridian Charter Township, the City of Ludington, and the City of Corunna. Jerry was professionally recognized as the Local Government Manager of the Year in 2009 by his peers. He was a board member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, a six-year member of the MDOT Asset Management Council, and a founding member and chair of the Michigan Local Government Benchmarking Consortium. He has been conducting public executive searches since 2013. In addition to a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Jerry holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.


Current Job Openings

For more information please contact:

Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Manager, at 517.908.0302 or email:



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