Apply Now to fill a Council Vacancy

On June 5, at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Council Member Michael Grossi submitted his resignation, effective June 10, 2018. Grossi is building a new home located in Frankenmuth Township. By submitting his resignation, Council will have the opportunity to appoint an interim member to fill the remainder of his term, which expires December 31, 2018. City Clerk Phil Kerns explained that the City Charter requires Council to fill a vacancy within 30 days of the effective date of the resignation.

“Mike has been a valuable member of Council. His calm demeanor and thoughtful participation has been appreciated by City staff and his fellow Council members. He will be greatly missed,” said Bridget Smith, City Manager. “By submitting his resignation now, Mike is providing City residents the opportunity to investigate the possibility of becoming a City Council member prior to the election cycle – which requires petitions to be submitted in August.”

City Council has opened applications and will receive them until Thursday, July 5 at 5 pm. Interviews will take place at a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 10, beginning at 5 pm with selection of a council member at the same meeting. The new council member will be sworn in and participate at the July 10, 7 pm meeting.

All applicants are required by City Charter to have lived in the City of Frankenmuth for two years or more and be at least 25 years old. Although not a requirement, City Council and staffed have expressed a desire that applicants seeking appointment to Council be interested in long term service, meaning that they intend to run for a new term in the fall. In order to have your name appear on the ballot in November, interested applicants would need to file required petitions with the City Clerk no later than 5 pm on August 7, 2018.

The application and more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of a Council member and the potential time commitment, are available  here.