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Cedar Springs chooses top candidates for city manager position

The Cedar Springs City Council met Friday evening and chose seven candidates to interview to fill their vacant City Manager position, including a couple of them with ties to Cedar Springs. Over thirty people applied.

“The field is stronger than I have seen,” noted consultant Frank Walsh, Manager of the City of St. Joseph. “I think the reputation of the community and the proximity to Grand Rapids may have had something to do with it.” He said that the seven they chose was a good group and they had a wide variety of candidates to choose from..

The candidates they chose, in no particular order:

Meg Mullendore-Cluckey, Village Manager at Cassopolis, Michigan since January 2011, and City Manager of Buchanan, Michigan 2005-2010.

Thad Taylor, City Manager of Alpena, from December 2007-April 2012, and interim City Manager at Alpena 2006-2007. He was also Public Safety Director there from 1992-2007.

Jared Olson, Assistant to the Assessor in the City Clare, December 2011 to present, and City Management Intern May to September 2011.

Roger Belknap, former DPW Director for the City of Cedar Springs, October 2010 to June 2012, and transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission, August 1999 to October 2010.

Patrick T. Reagan, Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Manager for the City of Portland, Michigan, April 2009 to present; DDA/Main Street Manager for the City of Iron Mountain March 2008-April 2009.

Adam Poll, Associate Planner for the City of Waterloo, Iowa, October 2008 to present. Poll is a Cedar Springs graduate. Between 2004 and 2008 he held several positions for the City of Grand Rapids, including financial assistant in the water department, property inspector, assistant to the assessor, and several interim intern positions.

Jonathan Greene, Executive Director of Downtown Development Authority for the City of Jackson, February 2009 to present; economic development and housing coordinator County of Eaton, March 2005 to January 2009.

The candidates will come for a public interview on August 4. There will be a tour of the city for the candidates at 8:30 a.m. and the first interview will start at  9 a.m. Each one will last 45 minutes with a break for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

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One Response to “Cedar Springs chooses top candidates for city manager position”

  1. Citizen says:

    Why would the fire truck need to be re-done – in looking at photo’s of it from the Red Flannel parade in 2011 it looks to be in fine condition, other than maybe someone should polish the brass!
    I don’t know where they dug up the photo in this article from but it must be from the 80’s (look at those clothes!) lol – check out a current photo of the fire truck on the Red Flannel website. Is this more needless spending in Cedar Sprngs?


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