Have you, or someone you know, recently retired from the profession or changed positions? Email the details to Lisa Donovan and we’ll include it in on this page. Please provide:

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  • Retirement – from which municipality?
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Job Changes

Richard Marsh has been appointed city administrator of Ecorse, Michigan.

Timothy McLean stepped down from his position as city manager of Wayland on Aug. 25. His fiancee is starting a new position in the Detroit area, so they will be relocating. He hopes to continue his career in public service.

Thad M. Beard, city manager of Otsego, Michigan since 2000, has been appointed city manger of Rockford, Michigan.

Denice Gerstenberg, former city development director in Sterling Heights, has been selected as the new city manager in Algonac, effective Sept. 25.



Gregory A. Sundstrom retired as city manager of Grand Rapids on Dec. 31, 2017. He had served in that position since 2010. Previously, he served as assistant city manager, Grand Rapids (2000-2010); assistant to the city manager, Grand Rapids (1986-2000); administrative assistant, West Michigan Regional Planning Commission, MI (1982-1984); and administrative intern, Grand Rapids (1982).

Daryl Delabbio retired as county administrator/controller of Kent County. On June 27, there was an Open House for him at deVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Ryan Cotton, city manager of Holland, Mich., retired at the end of June 2017.

In Remembrance

Larry Collins, former city manager of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Aug. 23, 2017.

Tom Dempsey, former Corporation Counsel for Kent County, who also served as city manager in Portland and Sparta, passed away in Aug. 2017.


New MME Members – Sept/Oct 2017

Kelly Molinar, Assistant to the City Manager, Troy
Christopher Brown, Village Manager, Pentwater
Paul Iacoangeli, Village Manager, Lexington
Bryce Kelley, Township Manager, Scio
Mark Gilbert, Intern for the City Manager, Clarkston

New ICMA Full Members – Nov. 2017

Deboria L. Powell, Cass City