2017-05-25 / News

City Council Begins Interview Process for New St. Ignace City Manager

By Erich T. Doerr

The interview process to find the City of St. Ignace’s new city manager has begun and will be conducted through June 1. Interviews are open to the public and are being conducted in the city council chambers at City Hall or at the St. Ignace Public Library.

The first of 10 interviews was conducted Monday, May 22, with Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait, and two others were held Tuesday, with Andrew Niedzinski and Lester Livermore, Jr.

Others are scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1.

City Manager

Interview Schedule

Monday, May 22, City Hall 7 p.m. - Scott Strait

Mr. Strait has been sheriff of Mackinac County since 2005 and has been in law enforcement for 37 years. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Lake Superior State University. He was a deputy sheriff from 1986 to 2004. As sheriff, Mr. Strait said in his resume that he has overseen all aspects of the office’s operation, including human resource duties, patrol functions, policy development, and jail operations.

Tuesday, May 23, City Hall 6 p.m. – Andrew Niedzinski

Mr. Niedzinski has served on the city commission at Bay City since 2013, including a stint as president. He is the Health and Safety Director for Michigan Human Resources Development, Inc., which provides safety consultation and education training for employers and employees in the manufacturing and residential care facility industries. He served as a union representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951 in Grand Rapids from 2014 to 2016.

He will receive a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University in August and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saginaw Valley State University and an associate’s degree in general business management from Delta College.

7 p.m. – Lester Livermore, Jr.

Mr. Livermore chairs the Mackinac County Road Commission and has served on the commission for 18 years. He is the sobriety court coordinator for Mackinac County 92nd District Court, is treasurer for Mackinac Economic Alliance, and serves on the Graymont Community Development Committee. He was formerly the manager of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club. He attended Engadine High School and Bay de Noc Community College and is pursuing a degree in business management and human resources from Western Governors University.

Tuesday, May 30, City Hall 5 p.m. – Renee D. Kosor

Ms. Kosor is from Granger, Indiana, and worked from 2002 to 2015 at Metamorphosis, a company she founded for finance, operations, and organizational development consulting. She teaches public speaking classes at Arkansas Tech University and Indiana University South Bend campus. She served in the United States Navy from 1995 to 2002 as a special teams journalist and public affairs officer. She holds a PhD in human services from Walden University, an MBA in international business and a bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies from Liberty University, and was graduated from the Defense Information School in public affairs and print and broadcast journalism.

6 p.m. – Michael Stelmaszek

Mr. Stelmaszek has worked for the Kingsford Public Safety Department since 1992 and has been its administrative lieutenant since 2013. He served three years active duty in the Army and seven years in the Michigan National Guard.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University, a master’s in business administration from Lake Superior State University (LSSU), a bachelors in criminal justice and conservation law from LSSU, and an associate’s degree in natural resource technology from LSSU.

7 p.m. – Sue St. Onge

Ms. St. Onge has been Youth Services Coordinator for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians since 2004. Her duties include coordinating and implementing youth education programs and activities, budgeting, planning, and grant writing. She was general manager of the People’s Food Co-Op for five years prior. She also serves as a consultant to St. Ignace’s Museum of Ojibwa Culture, helping to develop its Clan System Park exhibit.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix Business School and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, May 31, St. Ignace Public Library

6 p.m. – Darcy D. Long

Mr. Long is the former city administrator and zoning administrator at Amery, Wisconsin, having served there from 2008 until March of this year. His has also served as town manager at Markle, Indiana, interim village manager at Cass City, and city manager at Brown City and Booker, Texas.

He holds Certified Public Manager certification from Texas Tech University, a master’s in public administration from Northern Michigan University, and a bachelor’s in political science from Lake Superior State University.

His interview will be conducted over the Internet.

7 p.m. – Mark Wilk

Mr. Wilk has worked in various capacities for the City of St. Ignace for more than 30 years. He has served on the city’s police force since 1987 is now the chief of police. He has also served as Mackinac County’s medical examiner investigator since 2000. Since 1984, he has been the area manager and a paramedic for Allied EMS and its successor, Straits Area Ambulance Service. In addition to job related training, including from Delta College police academy, he has an associate’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Michigan Technological University.

Thursday, June 1,

St. Ignace Public Library

6 p.m. – Thomas Raymond

Mr. Raymond lives in Roscommon and is the former business manager for the Village of Lexington, serving there from 2013 to 2015. He was the supervisor of Cottrellville Township and served on the township’s planning commission and chaired the St. Clair County Chapter of Township Supervisors. He has held a number of public service positions at Marine City and has owned his own construction company.

He has attended Saginaw Valley State University and St. Clair County Community College.

7 p.m. – Richard Hart

Mr. Hart is the former city manager in Okemah, Oklahoma. His previous positions in Oklahoma included serving as the city manager of Waurika and as the safety coordinator and, earlier, the assistant city manager and other public service posts at Elk City. He served in Air Force for six years and has taught jazz guitar.

He has a master’s degree in applied science and technology from Almeda University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Law Enforcement Academy at San Bernardino, California, and certificates in occupational safety and health.

His interview will be conducted over the Internet.

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