Today is Wednesday September 17, 2014
20025 Mack Plaza
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
*Please check the City Calendar for holiday office hours.
Appointed by and reporting to the Mayor and City Council, the City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the city government. Primarily, the City Administrator is responsible for the efficient administration of all city departments; the enforcement of all city laws and ordinances; the enforcement of contracts or agreements; the recommendation of an annual city budget and its management. The City Administrator in conjunction with the City Comptroller, maintains a system of accounts which conforms to uniform systems required by law, the City Council, and generally accepted principles and procedures of government accounting; and performs other duties as may be prescribed by City Charter, City Ordinances or City Council.
The City of Grosse Pointe Woods (GPW) was originally incorporated in 1927 and was known as the Village of Lochmoor. In 1939, the Village of Lochmoor became the Village of Grosse Pointe Woods and, on December 11, 1950, it was incorporated as the City of Grosse Pointe Woods, a Home Rule City. The city covers an area of 3.28 square miles.
GPW operates under a Council-Manager form of government, established by the City Charter and adopted by voters in 1950. This efficient format divides government into policy-making and administrative functions and has an organizational structure similar to a business.
The residents of the city are the highest government authority. They delegate this authority to representatives they elect every four years. Similar to a board of directors of a corporation, the City Council, composed of the mayor and six council members, is responsible for determining policies and adopting ordinances needed to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens.
Input provided by various advisory boards and commissions is a valuable resource. Citizens show interest in the community not only by voting, but also by taking an active part in the policy-making process. There are 13 boards or commissions established to address specific purposes. Some function in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the City Council; others review problems and petitions from residents and offer recommendations based upon local regulations and ordinances.
The Mayor and City Council are particularly proud of commission and board members who serve the city. On numerous occasions, these dedicated citizens have been honored for their allegiance and inestimable contributions to maintaining one of the finest communities in the nation.