Eastpointe’s Doom leaving post as city manager

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 23, 2021

 Elke Doom came to Eastpointe in December 2019 with 26 years of municipal experience, having also held the title of city manager in Valdez, Alaska; Oxford, North Carolina; and Princeton, West Virginia.

Elke Doom came to Eastpointe in December 2019 with 26 years of municipal experience, having also held the title of city manager in Valdez, Alaska; Oxford, North Carolina; and Princeton, West Virginia.

File photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE — City Manager Elke Doom will leave her position when her contract with Eastpointe ends on Dec. 9.

Her departure, and what could happen next, was discussed at a special meeting of the Eastpointe City Council Nov. 3. Doom later confirmed the decision when asked about it by the Eastsider.

“On October 27, I informed council that I was not seeking to renew my contract with the city,” Doom said in an emailed statement. “We’ve had some major events happen in my family this past year, which made me realize I need to devote my time to family in a way that is not possible while working full-time.

“I expressed that I enjoyed working for the city and offered to be of assistance as they move forward with their search for a new city manager,” Doom said.

The City Council voted to offer Doom a contract on Nov. 26, 2019, and announced that she had accepted the offer five days later. Doom came to Eastpointe with 26 years of municipal experience, having also held the title of city manager in Valdez, Alaska; Oxford, North Carolina; and Princeton, West Virginia.

Eastpointe Councilman Cardi DeMonaco said Doom’s decision was discussed at the special meeting but that no timetable for hiring a replacement was determined.

“We just talked about how we wanted to go forward on that topic. We voted just to go out to bid for executive search services, to put in proposals and then, at some point, we’ll pick one of those firms to do the search.”

DeMonaco said the council also discussed naming an interim city manager.

“Because we’ve done that before,” he said. “That’s tentative right now. We basically, in the meeting, asked Mariah Walton, our assistant city manager, if she’d be interested, and we’re going to put that on (the agenda at) our next regular council meeting.”

That meeting was scheduled to be held Nov. 16, after the Eastsider went to press.

“She’s amazing. We’ve been really fortunate to have her here in Eastpointe,” Walton said of Doom Nov. 11. “She’s really prioritized the staff, especially during COVID safety. She’s been a phenomenal asset to Eastpointe.

“She comes with a lot of experience. It’s been an honor to work with her. We’re extremely sad to see her go,” Walton said.

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