Farmington, Farmington Hills see newcomers enter key positions

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published May 29, 2021

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — In a year that has brought sweeping changes to almost everything, some local school and city positions have also seen recent changes.


New assistant city manager
After Gary Mekjian was announced as Farmington Hills’ new city manager, Joseph A. Valentine was selected as the new assistant city manager.

Before joining the city of Farmington Hills, Valentine served as the city manager in Birmingham, a position he held for six years. Prior to that, he was Birmingham’s assistant city manager and human resources director. According to a press release, he brings 24 years of experience in municipal operations management and has a proven track record of effectively addressing community needs and concerns.

Valentine is a member of several professional organizations, including the International City/County Management Association, Michigan Municipal Executives and the Michigan Municipal League. He has served on the board of directors of the Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association and the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority.

“I look forward to making a positive impact on the City of Farmington Hills,” said Valentine in the press release. “I welcome the opportunity to meet with local business leaders and members of the community so that I can build upon the existing successful programs in the city.”


FPS hires new superintendent, director of K-12 virtual and remote programming
Current Power Middle School Assistant Principal Kurtis Lovio has been selected to serve as Farmington Public Schools’ director of K-12 virtual and remote programming.

Lovio has been at Power since 2018, and prior to that he served as the administrative intern at the Farmington STEAM Academy when the new school was opened in 2017.

He has served as the district’s K-12 supervisor of summer programming since 2016. Prior to that, he was an elementary and middle school teacher.

Lovio earned his Bachelor of Arts in education degree from the University of Michigan and his master’s in K-12 education administration from Michigan State University.

In this new role, Lovio will monitor and assess instructional programs in terms of their impact on student achievement. He will be responsible for the development, coordination and monitoring of curriculum for the school.

“I look forward to serving the Farmington community in this new role and am excited to be a part of this innovative work for Farmington students and families,” Lovio stated in a press release.

Farmington Public Schools’ Board of Education also unanimously approved a new superintendent, Chris Delgado. For a full story on Delgado, check back to