SOUTHFIELD — As one longtime employee is ending her career working for the city, another is moving into the next phase.
During the Sept. 9 Southfield City Council meeting, council unanimously approved the appointment of Mary Steflja as deputy city clerk. She replaces Sue Silva, who retired Aug. 23 after a 27-year career working for the city.
“I’ve served the city for 28 years and look forward to serving it many, many more years,” Steflja said. “I think Southfield is a beautiful community, a vibrant community that has a lot to offer its residents and citizens, and my goal is to provide the citizens the best customer service that is out there.”
Steflja started her career with the city in the building department, has worked in human services and in the 46th District Court, and is currently the police records coordinator for the Southfield Police Department. She will begin her appointment of deputy city clerk Sept. 30.
The city charter allows for the city clerk to bring his or her recommendation for the position before council.
Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks told council that Steflja’s years of experience working in various departments and with Southfield’s elected officials “highlights her ability to meet the demands and expectations of the City Clerk’s Office.”
“Ms. Steflja brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. … (She) is dedicated to the city of Southfield and committed to excellence in serving the public,” she added in her request to council.
According to Banks’ presentation, the starting salary for this position would be $70,000, with eligibility for a 5 percent increase after the six-month job introduction period, plus all benefits provided to Management Group employees.
In her role in the Southfield Police Department, Steflja was also in a managerial position, and Banks said the workload at the counter under her supervision there would be comparable to the duties in the new position.
Council President Ken Siver joked that some of the council had run into Steflja getting fingerprinted in the Southfield Police Department. He added that while he only had a couple of experiences working with her, he was excited to move forward with her appointment.
“Your customer service was superb, and I thank you for that and thank you for bringing that to the Clerk’s Office,” he said.
Silva began her career where Steflja has most recently worked: the Southfield Police Department. She also worked in the Mayor’s Office under then-Mayor Donald Fracassi and served as the deputy city clerk for the last 12 years.
Fracassi noted that he felt Banks, especially with the workload and approaching election season, was fortunate to have a deputy clerk nominee with the experience and qualifications of Steflja.
“She has a lot of work to do and is short-staffed anyway,” he said.
Steflja was officially sworn in during the Sept. 23 council meeting, with her husband and two children by her side.