From left, Eastpointe City Attorney Richard Albright, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., Councilwoman Monique Owens, Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt discuss how to proceed with their city  manager search at a special meeting Feb. 24 at Eastpointe City Hall. The next special meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. March 7 to interview Daniel A. Berlowitz for the position.

From left, Eastpointe City Attorney Richard Albright, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., Councilwoman Monique Owens, Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt discuss how to proceed with their city manager search at a special meeting Feb. 24 at Eastpointe City Hall. The next special meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. March 7 to interview Daniel A. Berlowitz for the position.

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Council to interview city manager candidate

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 2, 2018

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. March 7 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave., to interview Daniel A. Berlowitz for the city manager position.

Berlowitz is one of three applicants narrowed from a list of five semifinalists and an initial field of 29 applicants.

Prior to this meeting, the finalist for the position withdrew his name from consideration after the council discussed interviewing him for the job.

Berlowitz is a senior executive business consultant from Bellevue, Nebraska, according to résumé information provided by Eastpointe officials. Prior to being a senior executive business consultant, Berlowitz was the city administrator for Bellevue. Berlowitz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and graduate studies in political science and public administration from the University of Nebraska campuses in Lincoln and Omaha, according to Eastpointe officials. 

“We’re all looking forward to the interview and to meeting Mr. Berlowitz. He’s got a lot of good experience,” said Pixley. 

Pixley also wanted the residents to know that city business continues as usual.

“We’re looking at it from all aspects, and we have some really solid department heads that have been here for a while. So the city goes on; we just need a leader to bring it all together,” said Pixley.

Councilwoman Monique Owens said that the city manager search is a new experience for her.

During the council’s special meeting Feb. 24 at Eastpointe City Hall, Owens said, she suggested that acting City Manager Joseph Merucci have a one-year probationary period in the position and that council evaluate his progress after the year.

“I just got elected, but there were some concerns from council with that. I wanted to see where this could go if we couldn’t find anyone for the city manager position,” said Owens.

As for the scheduled special meeting, Owens said she has some questions for the candidate.

“I think one thing I want to see from him is, ‘What can you bring that no other city manager has brought to Eastpointe,’” said Owens.

“Knowing what we need, ‘What are you going to do with that, and how will you take Eastpointe to another level?’” she added.