Ferndale to hire Bruner away from City

(December 31, 2006) The City Council of Ferndale, Michigan has voted to hire Robert "Bob" Bruner Jr. as their new City Manager. Bruner, 30, is currently the assistant city manager for the City of Ypsilanti and is also the human resource director.

Bruner said he expects to start his new job in about four weeks. Bruner is expected to get about $100,000 a year plus a car and other benefits. Bruner said he is currently making $64,000 a year at the City of Ypsilanti.

Bruner is the 11th department head or manager to leave the City of Ypsilanti in the last 30 months. 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. Fire Chief Jim Roberts is leaving in January 2007 to become fire chief in Superior Township.

Also jumping ship were the chief architects behind the Water Street Project, Jenifer Goulet and Megan Gibb. Goulet who was the Downtown Development Authority Director and before that Planning Director took a job in Chelsea. While former Planning & Development Director Megan Gibb left for a planning job in Portland, Oregon.

Former HR director Bill Johnstone parted ways before his probation period was up and City Clerk Cherry Lawson, who recently resolved her legal dispute with the City of Ypsilanti, quit to become Clerk in Sedona, Arizona. While not a manager, long time City Assessor Carole Claire, also retired this year.

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