Frederick Zorn appointed city administrator

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 3, 2014


SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council appointed acting City Administrator Frederick Zorn as city administrator at a June 16 meeting.

Zorn will hold a one-year contract that will expire on June 16, 2015, and will be paid a salary of $137,971. The council approved the deal 6-0. Council member Sid Lantz was not at the meeting.

“Obviously, I’m delighted,” Zorn said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the city and help it grow.”

Zorn has been with the city of Southfield since 2008, when he acted as deputy city administrator. In January of this year, Zorn assumed responsibility of the daily operations as city administrator after former City Administrator Jim Scharret died.

Zorn has also previously served as the executive director of housing and neighborhood development services for the city of Taylor.

Prior to working in Taylor, he worked as the controller, otherwise known as the city administrator, of the city of Melvindale.

Zorn graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He has also completed graduate coursework toward a Master of Science degree in urban planning and economic development at Wayne State University.

He has been certified by the National Development Council as an economic development finance professional and is a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council.

“He is the best qualified,” said City Council President Sylvia Jordan. “He is very capable and has clearly shown his leadership ability. He’s a great leader, and I think we’re in capable hands.”

In the city of Southfield, the city administrator is responsible for overseeing the city’s daily operations, conducting studies and providing recommendations to the mayor and City Council.

“He’s had his hand on the pulse of Southfield, its employees and residents,” Jordan said. “He’s at the helm in terms of moving forward in years to come.”

“I’ll do my best to help the City Council accomplish the goals they want to accomplish,” Zorn said.

The next City Council meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at 26000 Evergreen Road.