OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – Five candidates for Grand Haven’s next city manager, all from Michigan, will be interviewed by city council next week.

Among them is Ashley Latch, the assistant city manager who served as interim city manager after the departure of Patrick McGinnis at the end of June.

The City Council will meet in open session at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 to interview the candidates, who will be given about 45 minutes each.

The city received 43 applications for the job, and 24 applicants were from Michigan, Frank L. Walsh of Walsh Municipal Services told MLive. Walsh’s firm assisted the City Council in its search for a new manager.

The number of applications far exceeds the number received by the city of Muskegon, which 16 applications were received in search of a city manager which is ongoing.

McGinnis, who has been Grand Haven’s city manager for nearly 20 years the new city manager in Portage.

Below is information about each candidate in chronological order of their interview:

Ashley Lach, interim Grand Haven city manager

The interview with Latsh will take place at 16:10. She has been an assistant city manager in Grand Haven since May 2021. She previously served as an intern with the City of Muskegon from May 2018 to April 2019 and the City of Muskegon from May to December 2017. .

She holds a bachelor’s degree in public and non-profit management and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.

Patrick S. Jordan, Escanaba City Manager

The interview with Jordan will take place at 4:55 p.m. He has served as the city manager in Escanaba since June 2017. He was the Wexford County Administrator in Cadillac from November 2015 to April 2017; assistant city manager of Unalaska, Alaska, from January 2015 to November 2015; and Area Manager for Bristol Bay, Alaska from November 2011 to January 2013.

Other positions Jordan has held are civil records manager for the Tarrant County Clerk, Texas, from August 2008 to November 2011, and Muskegon Township Supervisor, an elected position, from June 2004 to August 2008.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

Michael T. Burns, Lowell City Manager

Burns will be interviewed at 5:40 p.m. He has been the Lowell City Manager since September 2016 and previously served as Fenton’s Assistant City Manager from February 2009 to August 2016 and Sterling Heights Administrative Intern from May 2006 to December 2008.

Burns holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.

C. Blaine Wing, former Rochester City Manager

Wing will be interviewed at 6:35 p.m. He served as Rochester City Manager from November 2015 to May 2022; director of human resources in Des Plaines, Illinois from February 2014 to October 2015; and Assistant Supervisor for the Village of Oak Brook, Illinois from January 2008 to February 2014.

Wing also served as Assistant Administrator for the Village of Cary, Illinois from October 2006 to December 2007 and Assistant Manager for the Town of Flossmoor, Illinois from October 2000 to October 2006.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

Tyler Dotson, Watervliet City Manager

The interview with Dotson will take place at 7:20 p.m. He has been the City Manager of Watervliet since June 2018 and previously served as Blissfield’s Economic Development/DDA Director from December 2015 to June 2018.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public administration and local government from Western Michigan University.

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