Thursday, December 1, 2022

Interim city manager starts in Northville this week

Mark Wollenweber
Members of the Northville City Council have approved the hiring of Mark Wollenweber, former city manager of Grosse Pointe Shores, as interim city manager. Current City Manager Pat Sullivan will retire on Jan. 6, 2023. 

Council members interviewed three candidates for the position before awarding the job to Wollenweber during a special meeting Nov. 17. 

Wollenweber said he is committed to providing high quality leadership through his experience, education and involvement in the public sector. He serves on the boards of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. 

Among Wollenweber’s credentials and accolades was an article in Public Management publication.

“He spearheaded the Intergovernmental Cable Communications Authority that provided cable service to nine communities in Oakland County, Michigan. It was one of the largest cable consortia in the country at the time and continues today. In St. Clair Shores, he was responsible for the development of Lac Sainte Claire Park, which included a marina development and a refurbished municipal pool. It was funded by the largest recreational bond issued at the time. And he was responsible for what became the Nautical Mile, a commercial TIF district and merchants' association along Lake Saint Clair - the first successful development in that area after two failures,” the article said of Wollenweber's professional accomplishments.

He was expected to begin with the city this week and will continue until a new city manager is named. During that time, Wollenweber will assist Sullivan in the administrative transition. 

City council members have retained the services of Walsh Municipal Services to conduct the permanent city manager search.