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Berkley Selects Matthew Baumgarten as Finalist for City Manager

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(City of Berkley Press Release, Feb. 23, 2016)


Berkley, MI – The Berkley City Council reached a consensus to make a conditional employment offer to Matthew Baumgarten, City Administrator of Lathrup Village, to fill Berkley’s vacant city manager position.The search committee composed of Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Baker, Councilmembers Jack Blanchard and Dan Terbrack, began working with the Michigan Municipal League in October, 2015 to identify qualified candidates.

“This is an important decision for our city. We are making a conditional offer to an individual whom we believe will keep the city on a progressive path”, said Mayor Phil O’Dwyer. The last time Berkley searched for a city manager was 14 years ago.

SaharaAd_03The search process included a nationwide outreach that attracted 35 applicants from across the country. After extensive vetting, the final four candidates toured the city, met with department directors, and engaged residents and business owners at an open house. The feedback from those sessions, along with a full day of interviews, helped the City Council make an informed decision.

Councilmember Terbrack, chairperson of the search committee said “We were fortunate that we had a wide variety of applicants to choose from. We felt that the individuals we interviewed had the right combination of experiences to lead our city. We must, however, exercise due diligence while waiting to finalize the offer to Mr. Baumgarten.”

The MML will begin an in depth background check and work with the city’s labor attorney to develop an employment agreement with Mr. Baumgarten. Pending the outcome, the contract is likely to be on the next council agenda in March.

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