Wendy joined the City of Grand Blanc in August 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, an MBA in Finance and an MPA, all from the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to her position at the City of Grand Blanc, Wendy worked for 5½ years at the City of Fenton as Deputy Treasurer. She is a member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association and the Michigan Economic Developers Association.
During her employment at the City of Grand Blanc, Wendy has accomplished the following:
- Awarded over $1,200,000 in grants for special projects and programs including energy improvement, Safe Routes to School, Grand Blanc Fund, MCACA, and numerous other funders.
- Created a Fire Department in under 6 months of implementation.
- Implemented MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities.
- Implemented Marketing and Branding Strategy.
- Created Beautification Commission.
- Awarded GFOA Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
- Awarded GFOA Distinguished Budget Award for 2009 and 2011.
The City Manager organizes and directs the activities of all City Departments, such as Finance, Police, Public Works, Building/Zoning, Personnel and Assessing. She also works closely with the Fire Authority, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and Heritage Association Museum. She advises the Mayor and City Council on City projects and affairs to aid in the conduct of its business. The City Manager assists in completion of the agenda for Council and Committee meetings and assists the Council in its deliberations.
She coordinates City activities internally and externally, with public and private agencies in the area, to carry out the policies and goals established by the City Council. She prepares Federal, State and local grants for submission and administers grant funds when received. The City Manager evaluates the needs of the community and establishes immediate and long-range goals and objectives to deliver necessary City services. She supervises and participates in the compilation of the annual City budget requests and monitors the expenditure of City funds. She reviews financial and operational reports to evaluate City activities in order to assure that they are being delivered effectively and efficiently. She hires employees, oversees the establishment of Personnel standards and policies, and directs the recruitment and training of staff. She conducts performance evaluations of employees. She evaluates advancements in public management techniques and systems and initiates revisions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. She is responsible for the administration of state and federal regulations as they apply to municipalities.