Fincham agrees to postpone retirement

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 15, 2015

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — City Administrator Alfred Fincham announced his retirement a few months ago, but it looks like he will be at the helm for a bit longer.


“I was scheduled to retire effective August 7th,” he stated in an email. “Council received over 40 applications for the position, but they were not found to be acceptable by City Council.


“I agreed to stay on through December, allowing more time to continue to search for a permanent replacement,” he said. “Currently, our part-time assessor, who is a former city manager from Roseville, will step in as an interim beginning in January.”

Tom Colombo, the city’s part-time assessor, is a retired Roseville city manager.

Mayor Robert Novitke said that it’s obviously important for the city to find the right person for the city administrator post. He said no final decisions have been made, and the council will continue discussions.


“It’s really important that you have the right person,” he said.


“We had a lot of discussions,” he said of the work to find a new city administrator so far.


Council members have said that Fincham will be taking a wealth of experience with him when he retires.


After Fincham announced his pending retirement, Novitke said he would be difficult to replace. In the spring, Fincham said he wanted to give the city time to conduct the search for his replacement, and city officials got to work.


They chose multiple publications to advertise the post, including those of the International City/County Management Association and the Michigan Municipal League.


Fincham’s experience spans more than one Grosse Pointe community. He started his post in Grosse Pointe Woods in 2010 after coming from another leadership position in the Grosse Pointes.

No matter who permanently steps into the post, Novitke said the city continues to be in good hands with its current administrative team.

“We are in a very good position in that we have very good, experienced department heads,” he said.

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