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City manager praised; assistant promoted

R.J. Wolcott • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:38 AM

McGinnis has worked as Grand Haven city manager since August 2003. He was reviewed by council during a closed session Monday night.

Mayor Geri McCaleb, who was elected to the post in November 2011, said McGinnis' annual job performance review was very positive.

“We really appreciate what Pat has been doing,” she said.

McGinnis said he agreed with council that there is always room for improvement. He said he will be working to improve communication among city staff and the public. He also highlighted the importance of keeping the city’s budget in line.

McGinnis said he was fortunate to work for a community where even the most heated of debates remains civil. Highlighting a disagreement at Monday’s City Council meeting over proposed lettering on Dewey Hill during the Coast Guard Festival, McGinnis said everyone was able to keep the mood light.

In addition, Sam Janson was promoted from assistant to the city manager to assistant city manager, effective this week. Janson began working in the city manager's office three years ago as an intern.

McGinnis said Janson will now begin working with other departments on his own. He will receive a pay increase, from $49,247 to $54,109 a year, which includes a 2.7 percent cost-of-living raise city employees received this year.

Janson said his new duties include working with information technology, risk management and grant management.

“Grand Haven is the best place to work and to raise my family,” he said.

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