Familiar face moves into city clerk position next week

Clawson Deputy clerk assumes lead role

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 26, 2017

 Clawson Deputy Clerk Michael Smith, with his daughter, is sworn into office by City Clerk Machele Kukuk in front of Mayor Penny Luebs July 18 during the City Council meeting. Smith will take over as city clerk July 31.

Clawson Deputy Clerk Michael Smith, with his daughter, is sworn into office by City Clerk Machele Kukuk in front of Mayor Penny Luebs July 18 during the City Council meeting. Smith will take over as city clerk July 31.

Photo provided by the city of Clawson

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CLAWSON — Members of the City Council voted unanimously July 18 in favor of appointing Michael Smith to the city clerk position effective July 31.

Smith serves as the city’s deputy clerk, a position he has held since 2010.

“He is experienced at what he does, does an excellent job, so it was our natural choice to move forward with an appointment to the position of city clerk,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

Smith was sworn into office during the regular council meeting with his wife and two children by his side. Outgoing City Clerk Machele Kukuk administered the oath of office in an emotional ceremony, as she will retire after nearly 40 years with the city.

Kukuk said that when she hired Smith, she hoped it would be to groom him to take her place one day.

“I think he will be a good clerk, and he will do a good job for the city,” she said.

Smith has spent about 12 years in the profession, previously working for the Oakland County Clerk’s Office.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in leadership and diversity from Grand Valley State University; a master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University; and a post-master’s certificate in local government management from Oakland University.

The White Lake Township resident is a member of several professional municipal clerk organizations.

“I am truly humbled by the unanimous support from the mayor and City Council to serve as the next city clerk for the city of Clawson,” Smith said. “I have enjoyed the last seven years working for the city as the deputy clerk, and look forward to the exciting challenges and experiences that lay ahead as I continue working with all of the amazing residents and staff of the city,” he said.

Smith said that he has big shoes to fill when he steps into Kukuk’s role, but he said that she was a great mentor and that he knows she will always be a phone call away.

“She has taught me what it takes to be a city clerk, to lead with integrity, humility and purpose over the past seven years, and I am honored to continue on the legacy she has established,” he said.

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