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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

Dan Gilmartin
Kathie S. Grinzinger


Our lead executive recruiter is Kathie S. Grinzinger. Ms. Grinzinger has an extensive background in human resources including organizational and employee development; job description analysis; selection processes; and evaluation. She served as the assistant city manager and then city manager for the City of Mt. Pleasant for 25 years before her recent retirement. Grinzinger has served as the President of the Michigan Local Government Managers Association, served on the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees and multiple League policy committees. She is a retired member of the International City/County Managers Association, and has served with distinction on many other boards.

tony minghineJoyce A. Parker



Joyce A. Parker is an ICMA credentialed manager and has worked in city management in several communities in the State of Michigan and Illinois. She has worked as City Manager, Assistant City Manager or Township Manager for Jackson, Saginaw, Inkster, Buena Vista Charter Township, and Elgin, Illinois. In this capacity, Ms. Parker developed and managed budgets up to $250 million and organizations of 800 employees. Under her leadership, and with the cooperation of City government and the community, these suburban and urban cities have experienced rapid growth and development. Joyce Parker is currently the President and CEO of the Municipal Group. The Group provides consulting services such as organizational assessments, recruitment, community and economic development, and personnel and interim staff services. She served as State appointed Emergency Manager for the City of Allen Park, the City of Ecorse and the Highland Park Schools. Ms. Parker has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master Degree of Public Administration from the University of Michigan. She is a member of such clubs and organizations as the Business Professional Women’s Club, Michigan Local Government Management Association, and the International City County Management Association. Joyce Parker is also the recipient of several awards including the Susan B. Anthony Award from the YMCA, the Spirit of Saginaw Award from the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the Jim Sinclair Award from the Michigan Municipal League and the Great Expectation Award from the NAACP.

matt bachJeffrey 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:

Mandy Reed,
Manager, Human Resources, at 734-669-6361 or email:

Kathie Grinzinger
, Lead Executive Recruiter, at (989) 289-1084 or email:



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