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City council gives manager high marks

Cedar Springs City Manager
Mike Womack

The Cedar Springs City Council recently completed their regular performance review of City Manager Mike Womack, and given him high marks for the work he’s accomplished the last two years.

While this review typically occurs once a year, the Council and Manager had agreed to not conduct a review in 2020 due to the pandemic. This 2021 review comes shortly after Womack passed the five-year mark in August as the head of City Hall, starting as City Manager in 2016.

“Mike has been a great asset to this community for the last five years” said Mayor Gerry Hall. “He works well with the Council, Planning Commission and DDA, and he’s always working towards the City’s goals.”  Mayor Hall indicated that the City Manager has been instrumental in the continuous improvement the City has seen over the last five years, specifically citing “roads, sewers, water lines, the new fire station, economic development, new neighborhoods, parks, city staffing, ordinance changes, working with the State, (and) obtaining grants.” 

Mayor Hall also pointed out that “the City Manager’s job can be very complex and difficult sometimes and Mike just finds ways to get all those things done for the City.”  

Councilperson Rose Powell indicated that Mike is very hard-working and dedicated to the City, saying that he is “one of the best” city managers that she has worked with during her 50 years in Cedar Springs.

Councilperson Molly Nixon praised Womack for his honesty and integrity, stating that she trusted the City Manager to always be doing what’s best for Cedar Springs.

Mike Womack became the Cedar Springs City Manager after serving eight years as an attorney in the Metro Detroit area and obtaining his Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University.  “I have always felt a strong call to public service,” Womack said. “All through my childhood, schooling and previous work life I was always looking for ways that I can help make things better for more people. Working as City Manager gives me the opportunity to work with the Council and the community to do that every day.”

The Council rated the City Manager’s performance over the last two years highly, earning “outstanding” or “above average” marks in all categories. The Council specifically pointed out that they were pleased with how the City Manager handled COVID19 for City Hall, the building of the new fire station, and his ongoing work with the Planning Commission.  The Council cited the hiring of more City Hall staff, finding a healthy work/life balance and continuing to seek out more professional training opportunities as the areas they felt could use improvement.

Reflecting on his time in the City, Womack said, “Five years ago I promised that I’d keep an open door and that I would do my best to help solve any problems in the community that I could, within the legal and financial constraints of the City Manager’s office. I hope that I have accomplished that and I hope that the City has been improved through my efforts.”

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