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City Manager John Shay

Assistant to the City Manager Jackie Steckel


City Manager

The City Manager serves as Chief Administrative and Executive Officer of the City of Ludington. The City Manager is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the elected City Council. The City Manager administers and coordinates various functions of City government as stated in the City Charter and supplemented by policies established by the City Council.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administers the day-to-day operations and policies of the City.
  • Determines and ensures that employees are aware of the City objectives and are performing their functions toward accomplishing these objectives.
  • Conducts staff meetings; encourages supervisory leaders to pursue self-development in their respective fields of expertise.
  • Assists in preparation of the annual budget with the Director Finance / Treasurer; advises City Commission regarding City's financial condition including status of major projects and programs.
  • Prepares periodic and special reports concerning activities of municipal government.
  • Attends and participates in Council meetings, including presenting special studies and reports requested by the Commission or on own initiative.
  • Represents the city in intergovernmental relationships with neighboring townships and cities.
  • Attends and participates in professional meetings to keep abreast of current developments in municipal government.
  • Delivers speeches and presentations to lay and professional groups on City Government.
  • Performs special projects as directed by the Council.
  • Performs a wide variety of relative administrative and executive duties and responsibilities.
  • Hires and supervises the City's staff.

City Manager Biography

John Shay was hired as Ludington's City Manager in February 2003.  Prior to coming to Ludington, he was employed as the Village Manager for the Village of Almont in Lapeer County for 4 years.  Before that, he worked for Kenrick Corporation, where he handled municipal insurance claims for about 1,200 municipalities in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

 John received his Master of Public Administration degree from Oakland University.  He received his Bachelor's degree from Boston College.

 John is currently a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA).  He currently serves as Chairperson of the MLGMA's Ethics Committee.