Deel, Bowyer retain Rochester Hills City Council president, vice president roles

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 13, 2021


ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills City Council President Ryan Deel and Vice President Susan Bowyer will continue to serve in their leadership positions for another year.

Every year, the Rochester Hills City Council elects members to one-year terms for the president and vice president positions.

Deel, an attorney, was unanimously elected to retain his position by his peers Dec. 7.

“Thank you very much for the confidence you’ve placed in me. I really do appreciate it. It really means a lot,” Deel said during the meeting.

Deel and with his wife, Melinda, and their twin sons, Jack and Brennan, have lived in the city since 2003. Deel was first elected to the council as the city’s District 4 representative in 2017.

“It has been an interesting year, and I hope that with the next year, we can see some return to normalcy,” Deel added.

The council, also by a unanimous vote, named Bowyer as council vice president.

Bowyer, who has served on the council as the city’s District 3 representative since 2015, was nominated by Deel.

Deel said it has meant a lot to him to have Bowyer, a medical researcher, to lean on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Your input and your influence have just been invaluable, and when this thing is over and we’re ready to return to council chambers, we’re ready because you went down and verified that this is the right PPE that we need and this is what we need to move forward. Thank you so much. It’s my pleasure to nominate you,” Deel said during the meeting.

“Thank you. Those were very kind words. I appreciate it,” Bowyer said.    

A senior scientist at Henry Ford Hospital, Bowyer has lived in the city for over 20 years. She also serves as an adjunct associate professor teaching physics at Oakland University and as an assistant professor in the department of neurology at Wayne State University Medical School.

Rochester Hills City Council meetings are held inside the Rochester Hills City Hall auditorium, 1000 Rochester Hills Drive, at 7 p.m., typically on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Due to COVID-19, council meetings were being held virtually at press time. Council meetings can be seen live on Rochester Hills Television or via streaming on the city’s website.  

For more information, including an approved meeting schedule, visit