Grand Rapids’ city manager announces retirement

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom announced his retirement early Tuesday. Sundstrom began working for the city in 1981 as a seasonal employee and has been city manager since 2009. He will leave his position at the end of his current contract on December 31, 2017.

"It has been a joy to work with him over the years," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss in comments released by the city. “Greg has dedicated his life to public service and I am grateful for his leadership."

Bliss said the city commission would likely hire a search firm to get the replacement process started.

Sundstrom's accomplishments include reversal of a $30 million deficit when he took over in 2009 and growth of the city's reserve fund from $4 million to $30 million, the city said in the announcement.



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  • Kate

    Good! There is so much corruption in the city and the guys at the top look the other way. So much stealing goes on and the person who reports it is the person who gets fired. The city of GR is corrupt and th guys at the top should be ashamed of themselves, but with all the lavish perks they take on the taxpayers tab, they are just as guilty. Who out there would like free cars, free gas, free dinners, etc. Another government leech. Good riddance!

  • steve thomas

    That’s great to read. Too bad it didn’t happen sooner. I just hope that whoever replaces him will work in the best interests of the entire city and not those of specific groups and individuals for the sake of political correctness. The city needs economy and efficiency in its operations. If I was asked to name a replacement, the first name that would come to mind would be Donijo DeJonge. She’d deliver both.

    • Old Bob

      I agree, whoever replaces him needs to work in the best interests of the entire city and not specific groups and individuals for the sake of political correctness. I am so tired of people blaming the Police Department for doing their job, a great job. If you don’t want to be pulled over mind your own business. Anyone who look suspicious should be pulled over. If a person is out in the middle of the night and keeps driving around the same area over and over again, what do they expect will happen.

  • Old Bob

    I hope the City Commissioners hire a new city manager with a business background. The Department Directors know how to run the city. The problem is they don’t know how to run the city in the most efficient manner possible.

    The City of Grands Rapids needs to be run like a business, certainly not the way it is currently run. If an employee can’t or won’t do their job, fire them. There are whole departments that should be replaced.

    It’s time to stop wasting the tax payers money. The day where city employees stand around drinking coffee or holding a rake at taxes payers expense has to end.

    • Duchess

      I agree completely – I am sick of the city only listening to and bowing and scraping to a small group of people that they’re basically afraid of, and use PC as an excuse to turn a blind eye and deaf ear on everyone else. However: unfortunately, since the princess mayor and her tree hugging minions have the final say, I wouldn’t be to sure that we won’t have someone just like this rotund toadie…. Good riddance to bad rubbish, Sundstrom – you should have been booted long ago – and your stupid “12 step plan” right along with you….

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