4 to be interviewed Tuesday for city administrator

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By Jason Kraft
The Mason Times

The City Council will interview four candidates Tuesday, Nov. 10, for city administrator. The interviews will be public.

Mason contracted with the Michigan Municipal League to find candidates. Kathie Grinzinger, lead search facilitator of the league, said “The City of Mason did a lot of work ahead of time to create an ideal profile for the candidate they were looking for. We received 26 resumes from across the country, and used Mason’s profile to choose the candidates to be interviewed.” The opening was created in May when Marty Colburn took a job as city manager in Traverse City.

Jonathan Greene is slated to interview first, at 9:30 a.m. “There is no timetable for the others,” said Grinzinger. “We assume each interview will take 90 minutes, and we will include a brief lunch break for the council.”

These are the candidates, in the order they are scheduled to be interviewed:

Jonathan Greene is the assistant city manager and director of economic development in Jackson, Michigan.

Greene has worked in government administration since 2005, when he took an economic development coordinator job with Eaton County, Michigan. He left in 2009 for Jackson.

He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and public policy from Oakland University in 2004. He earned a master’s in public administration from Central Michigan University in 2012.

Elke Doom is city manager of Princeton, West Virginia. Doom has worked in government administration for many years, including a stint as supervisor of Huron Charter Township, Michigan, from 2008 to 2012.

She received associate’s degrees from Henry Ford Community College in business management in 1989, and assessment administration in 1996. She followed that with a bachelor’s in business management in 2007 and a master’s in public administration in 2009 from Siena Heights University. In 2012 she became a certified public manager through studies at Saginaw Valley State University.

Deborah Stuart, the third candidate, is director of Community Incentive Programs for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She began working in government administration as a project manager with Jackson, Michigan’s, Downtown Development Authority in 2001.

“I like the idea of making a local impact versus the statewide matters I deal with today,” said Stuart.

Stuart received her bachelor’s degree in design and applied arts from Central Michigan University in 2001, then a master’s in public administration from Western Michigan University in 2005.

Karen Folks is the final candidate to be interviewed. The former Allen Park, Michigan, city administrator, Folks has many years in government administration. She left her position in Allen Park earlier this year after apparent issues of communication and transparency between her and the council. However, she is credited for pulling Allen Park out of a lengthy financial crisis.

The interviews will be public and the Mason City Council will choose the winner. The interviews will start at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Council Chambers in Mason City Hall, 201 W. Ash St.

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