Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19. 2013
Mt. Pleasant City Manager to Lead League Executive Search Service
ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Outgoing Mt. Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger has been selected to lead the Michigan Municipal League’s Executive Search Service. In this role, Grinzinger will assist Michigan communities with their executive searches by connecting talented public administrators to key leadership positions.
Grinzinger will leave her Mt. Pleasant city manager’s position at the end of the year beginning her new League role on February 1, 2014. Grinzinger brings with her more than 30-years-experience in municipal management and public sector human resources.
“The League’s executive search service has been growing tremendously in the last year and we’ve been looking for someone with a considerable amount of experience to guide this service to even higher levels,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “Kathie not only has the experience and know-how we were seeking, but she also has an outstanding reputation and high level of integrity.”
The League has been assisting Michigan’s communities in finding effective leaders for nearly 20 years, and has led hundreds of successful matches between public sector executives and communities.
Grinzinger has a long history of advocating for professional local government. In 2004, she was the first female elected to serve as president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association where she continues to serve in several volunteer capacities including conference planning; ethics; advocacy; diversity; membership; and strategic planning.
She has been involved with the League and various associations as a trainer and consultant. Most recently Grinzinger was a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, but she will step down from that role to lead the League’s search service. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Central Michigan University Research Corporation and the Executive Board of Middle Michigan Development Corporation. She is vice chair of Mid-Michigan Area Communications Consortium, a member of the Industrial Development Corporation, and serves in various capacities with the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Advisory Board for Mid-Michigan Community College.
Grinzinger said her new role with the League will allow her to continue to work with Michigan communities and managers.
“It’s certainly very difficult to leave as Mt. Pleasant’s city manager, but this opportunity with the League was one I simply couldn’t pass up,” Grinzinger said. “It’s really the best of both world’s – I’ll be able to continue to use my administrative and human resource skills while also helping improve Michigan communities. I’m excited and looking forward to helping Michigan communities find their leaders and managers to guide them into the future.”
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.