By Judy Reed
It’s official—Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns will be taking the Village Manager position in Spring Lake. She gave her official notice of resignation to Mayor Charlie Watson on Monday, June 25, and her last day will be Wednesday, July 25.
“Working for Cedar Springs for the past 5 years has been a phenomenal experience for me and I simply could not ask for a better group of people to work with and for,” she said in her letter. “I feel that, as a team, we have accomplished much in five years and am proud to have been part of making Cedar Springs a great place to live, work and play.”
Burns told The Post that leaving is bittersweet. “I love the people that I work with. They are phenomenal. It’s been tough. But I am excited about starting there.”
Burns’ salary in Spring Lake will be $77,500 annually, with 12 percent of her wages contributed to a deferred compensation plan. She will start with four weeks vacation, $50,000 in life insurance and $50 per month for a cell phone. She will also receive a leased vehicle. Her base salary in Cedar Springs is $67,786.
The city will now begin their search for a new city manager. They will decide at a special council meeting on Friday whether to hire former Cedar Springs City Manager Frank Walsh to conduct the search. He is currently the City Manager for St. Joseph.