MML Celebrates Long-Time Municipal Leader Kathie Grinzinger’s Retirement

Matt Bach
Assistant Director of Strategic Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(810) 874-1073
[email protected]


MML Celebrates Long-Time Municipal Leader Kathie Grinzinger’s Retirement

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Long-time municipal manager and executive recruiter Kathie Grinzinger is retiring from the Michigan Municipal League (MML), effective July 30, 2021. The nonprofit organization, representing Michigan communities in Lansing and D.C., applauds Grinzinger’s contributions to public service.

Grinzinger’s experience in local government spans nearly four decades, including many years as city manager for the City of Mt. Pleasant, and most recently seven years as lead recruiter for the League’s Executive Search Service.

“Kathie’s reputation throughout our state is impeccable in the municipal manager profession,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “When a community seeks a new executive manager to lead them into the future, there’s no organization better suited to help than the League. We are fortunate to have benefited from Kathie’s service and will build on her success for future executive searches.”

The League has had an outsized impact on municipal leadership throughout Michigan by focusing its recruitment services on attracting the best talent within the state and across the nation to serve the residents of our communities. In addition, the League operates the 16/50 Project, one of the country’s most successful talent cultivation initiatives designed to increase the number of women serving as municipal managers.

MML staff and top talent from the 16/50 Project, Summer Minnick and Emily Kieliszewski, will expand their portfolio to include the League’s Executive Search Service. Minnick and Kieliszewski will lead a team of executive recruiters possessing decades of direct municipal leadership.

“Kathie’s presence on our team will be greatly missed, and we are proud of the legacy she helped to create with our executive search service,” Gilmartin said. “That legacy continues as we maintain and enhance the exceptional service mayors and council members from across the state rely on to guide them through the recruitment and selection process for their community’s chief executive.”

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell) and [email protected].

The League’s Executive Search Service is a resource offered to strengthen the quality of municipal government and administration through successful placement of public leaders. The League is invested in the community before, during, and after the search and is dedicated to a long-term partnership. A typical League search ranges from 120 days and is customized to the specific needs of the community.

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