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City hires assistant city manager

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 11, 2015


More than a year after City Council promoted St. Clair Shores’ assistant city manager to the city manager position, there is a new face in the assistant city manager’s office.

Bill Gambill, 35, of Warren, began as the new assistant city manager Nov. 2.

City Manager Mike Smith said it took a long time to find the right person for the job.

“Prior to this, last winter and spring we went through a number of candidates and we had a couple that we made offers to that didn’t pan out, and then we took the summer off,” Smith said. “We advertised and got new candidates and Bill was one of those candidates. I had him meet with all of my staff people to get their impressions (and they) thought he’d be a great addition to the city.”

Gambill came to St. Clair Shores from the city of Detroit, where he spent a year working in the grant administration office. Before that, he worked on a large grant project for Macomb Community College and had also spent more than five years working for the city of Warren, where he worked on grants and neighborhood services in the mayor’s office.

Gambill said he’s excited to put his master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University to work in St. Clair Shores.

“It’s a wonderful community,” he said. “It was a good opportunity to work with Mike Smith, a good city, and it’s what I went to school for.”

He said he’s looking forward to tackling community projects, the budget and residents’ concerns.

Smith said that, initially, he will continue to work with the labor groups and Gambill will take “second seat” until relationships are established. He will work to improve the “report a concern” button on the city’s website and will also become the point person for the city’s grant work, which is currently handled individually by each department and, in some cases, hired out to a third party.

Smith was named city manager in September 2014 and began filling in on an interim basis in May of that year.