Bruner finalist for Ferndale manager job

November 22, 2006 by  
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(November 22, 2006) Ypsilanti Assistant City Manager Robert “Bob” Bruner is one of six finalists for the city manager position in Ferndale, Michigan. In a press release from Bruner announcing he is a finalist, Bruner noted that he would be the eighth Ypsilanti department director to leave the City in the 30 months since his predecessor Shannon Stumbo Bellers left in June 2004.

Managers that have left include Former Assistant City Manager Shannon Stumbo Bellers, Human Resources Director Shari Kirby, and Public Works Director Harry Hutchison. Former Police Chief George Basar retired to become Police Chief in Howell.

The chief architects behind the Water Street Project, former Downtown Development Authority Director and before that Planning Director Jennifer Goulet took a job in Chelsea while former Planning & Development Director Megan Gibb left for Portland, Oregon.

The press release failed to note that two other managers have also left the city, the former HR director Bill Johnstone parted ways before his probation period was up and City Clerk Cherry Lawson, who is currently suing the city, took a job in Sedona, Arizona. While not a manager, long time City Assessor Carole Claire, also retired this year.

Bruner noted that the pay bump would be about $30,000, over his current Ypsilanti salary of $64,000 per year, plus benefits. Bruner said earlier that he had not yet been contacted about a schedule for interviews with Ferndale. Ferndale is expected to make a decision within the next month.

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