Gary Mekjian Chosen as New Farmington Hills City Manager

Gary Mekjian Chosen as New Farmington Hills City Manager

(City of Farmington Hills, March 15, 2021)

The City of Farmington Hills is pleased to announce the selection of Gary Mekjian as the new City Manager.  He replaces former City Manager Dave Boyer who retired after being with the City for more than 22 years.  Gary Mekjian served as Acting City Manager following his predecessor’s retirement and officially started in the position of City Manager on March 8, 2021.  He was selected following a nationwide recruitment process managed by the Michigan Municipal League.

Gary Mekjian previously served as the Assistant City Manager, a position he was promoted to in February 2016.  Prior to that, he had worked as the Director of Public Services since joining the City in November 2010.  Before his time with the City of Farmington Hills, Mekjian worked for four years as the Director of Public Works and Engineering for the City of Southfield.  He also worked as Director of Public Services and Engineering for the City of Lincoln Park, and as Director of Engineering for the Charter Township of West Bloomfield.  He began his career as an engineering consultant before moving into the public sector.

Gary Mekjian is a Registered Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.  He is also an Adjunct Instructor at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.

“I’m very proud of my strong connection to the City of Farmington Hills, I was born and raised here and graduated from North Farmington High School,” said Mekjian.  “I have many friends and family members who are residents and I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to lead this City and ensure it remains a terrific place to live, raise a family, and start a business.”

Mekjian serves as a member of several organizations including the Michigan Municipal League, International City/County Management Association, American Public Works Association, and Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council.  He also belongs to the Optimist Club, Farmington Area Interfaith Association, Farmington/Farmington Hills Multicultural Multiracial Community Council, Xemplar Club, and the Resource, Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County.

For more information, please call the City Manager’s Office at 248-871-2500.

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