City Manager Search

The City Commission has appointed Mark Washington as Grand Rapids’ next City Manager. The decision followed a six-month process led by Springsted Waters, an executive recruitment firm. The process included public interviews with each of the five city manager candidates, a community forum and opportunities for City staff, business and civic leaders and other stakeholders to get to know the candidates and provide feedback.

Tom Almonte

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Peter Auger

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Michael Cernech

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April McGrath Lynch

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Mark A. Washington

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We’ve put together these FAQs to make sure you’re in the know as the City Commission gets ready to select a new City Manager. 

Frequently Asked Questions

During the most recent City Manager search, we sent out a public survey to discover the qualities and traits you want to see in our City Manager. We received nearly 1,000 responses. For a summary of the responses, visit the page below.

Survey Results

Here's the latest news and updates on our City Manager search:

City Commission appoints Mark Washington as city manager

City of Grand Rapids, July 31, 2018

Changes made to interview schedule for city manager candidates
City of Grand Rapids, July 26, 2018

City Commission sets interview, public input timeline for city manager search
City of Grand Rapids, July 10, 2018

City Commission seeking applications for City Manager opening
City of Grand Rapids, May 1, 2018