Boyer focuses on quality of life, community

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published December 16, 2015

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills City Manager David Boyer has been in office for about two months, and his vision for developing a better quality of life for Farmington Hills residents is stronger than ever.

“We want to make it a place that is attractive to people to move in here. We want to maintain the same levels that people expect … and also (find) ways we can attract our businesses to come and stay here —  it’s a great community,” Boyer said.

The Farmington Hills City Council voted 6-1 to hire Boyer. Michael Bridges was the dissenting vote.

The decision was made during a City Council special meeting Oct. 19, where the council chose Boyer over several other candidates.

“So far it has been very good,” Boyer said of his role.

Boyer replaced former City Manager Steve Brock, who retired after working for the city for 26 years. Boyer previously served as acting city manager. He was selected following a nationwide recruitment and hiring process managed by the city’s Human Resources Department, according to a press release.

Boyer was also assistant city manager, which he was appointed to in 2012. Before that, he worked as the director of special services, a position he held since he joined the city in 1998, according to the press release.

As the new city manger, Boyer has a three-year contract and makes $145,000 annually.

Boyer said he had a slight advantage in his position by working as assistant city manager.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of what was going on in the city and the city operations, so I have a good knowledge of what is going on,” Boyer said. “It’s been a good transition.”

Boyer said he hopes to fill the assistant city manager position in the next few weeks, after an internal search.

“We have a lot of qualified people in-house,” he said. “We’re just finishing up the application process right now.”

For now, Boyer is busy with the city’s budget process, which starts up at the beginning of the year.

“We will spend the next three months working on budgets, certainly watching what happens with our road funding from the state and revenue sharing, and we’re hoping we continue, or hope, to see some positive signs from there,” Boyer said. “Obviously, roads are a big concern in all the communities around here.”

Boyer also has his eyes set on keeping the city strong and safe.

“A strong city is very important to us,” he said.

From working with the school systems to the Department of Public Works, Boyer said, the city provides its residents with top-notch quality activities.

“All of our departments … (are) making sure infrastructure is sound and in place,” he said.

During the Oct. 19 meeting, City Councilwoman Valerie Knol said before the vote that Boyer is very positive and energetic, and he is focused on the community.

“One of the things that I saw in him … was his focus on the residents,” she said. “He really focused on the quality of life that he wants to provide for the residents.”

Then-Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner said the one thing that stands out is that Boyer has the trust of city employees.

“That is very important to me,” he said. “He can keep us going in the right direction, because he learned a lot from the guy that hired him, Steve Brock.”

Bridges said after the vote that he felt two other candidates were more qualified, though he said he has no opposition toward Boyer’s new role.

“I want Mr. Boyer to be successful,” he said. “No one is going to work against Mr. Boyer.”

For more information, call the City Manager’s Office at (248) 871-2500