Shelby hires new village administrator.

June 5, 2018

Robert Widigan. Contributed photo.

Shelby hires new village administrator.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY — The Shelby Village Council unanimously hired Robert Widigan as the new village administrator Monday evening, June 4.

Widigan is currently the departmental analyst with the Bureau of Local Government and School Services for the Michigan Department of Treasury.

“I’m very excited to begin as Shelby’s village manager,” he said. “I look forward to serving residents, village employees, the village council, business leaders and neighboring communities to further build on the Village of Shelby’s successes.”

Widigan, who begins duties June 20, will be paid an annual salary of

Robert Widigan signs his employment contact with the Village of Shelby during the council meeting Monday evening. Also pictured are Village President Paul Inglis and councilmen John Sutton and Andy Near.
Contributed photo.

$67,500, said Village President Paul Inglis. He entered into an “open-ended contract,” Inglis said, meaning he will be an at-will employee.

The village also included a clause in the contract that provides up to $1,000 in moving expenses if Widigan moves to the village to reside.

The village administrator position became vacant when Chelsea Stratil resigned in April. Former Muskegon City Manager Bryon Mazade has served as interim village administrator since Stratil’s departure. Mazade will be available to assist with the transition until the end of the month, Inglis said.

Widigan graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting focus. He is currently the village president for the Village of Lennon, which located near Flint.

The new administrator was one of four candidates who was recently interviewed by the council for the position.

Other candidates included: Manistee Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Executive and Economic Development Director Tyler Leppanen​; Jackson City DDA Development Director​ Nathan Mack; and ​Senior Project Manager and Certified Urban Planner for the City of Grand Rapids ​Courtney Magaluk​, Inglis said. Assistant City Manager for the City of Grand Haven Vester Davis​ withdrew his application prior to the interview.

The City of Hart will also be hiring a new city manager soon to replace long-time City Manager Stan Rickard who retires in August. Rickard said the city manager candidates will be discussed by the city council during a special meeting this evening, June 5.

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