Gary Mekjian named new Farmington Hills city manager

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published March 24, 2021




FARMINGTON HILLS — The city of Farmington Hills recently announced that Gary Mekjian will step into the role of city manager.

Mekjian takes over for the departing Dave Boyer, who retired after 22 years with the city. Mekjian served as the acting city manager when Boyer retired.

Mekjian was born and raised in Farmington Hills and graduated from North Farmington High School. He is a registered professional engineer with a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He also holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.

“I think I fit in extremely well. I grew up in town here, so I know the city very well,” Mekjian said. “Been with the city for 10 years now in various roles, so I have a high level of knowledge of the organization and how it operates.”

Though he is new to the position, Mekjian isn’t lacking in experience.

Prior to this position, he worked as the city’s assistant city manager, a position he was promoted to in February 2016. Before that he worked as the director of public services since joining the city in 2010.

Before joining the city of Farmington Hills, Mekjian worked as the director of public works and engineering for the city of Southfield. He also worked as director of public services and engineering for the city of Lincoln Park and as director of engineering for West Bloomfield Township.

Not only will his experience play a role, but being able to work closely with Boyer over the years will also help Mekjian hit the ground running. Mekjian noted how they were able to feed off of each other, both bringing different skill sets to the table.

With a strong base to work from and a strong team around him, Boyer sees no reason why Mekjian wouldn’t have success in his new role.

“The good thing that he has is that he has a great team around him,” Boyer said. “With all the different department heads, the city has positioned itself in good positions as we work through this pandemic and what’s going on. He’s got a good base to go from; he’s got the knowledge of the community, a good staff, and over time he’ll do very well in that position.”

Boyer believes Mekjian is definitely the right guy for the job. He described him as a very open and approachable person. Boyer believes Mekjian and the staff are in a good place to continue taking the city forward.

Mekjian’s goal is to continue building off of what Boyer was able to do and make the city of Farmington Hills a desirable place to live.

“My vision for the community is to continue to make it a great place to live and raise a family and maybe start a business as well,” Mekjian said. “I certainly have some visions toward economic development and more outreach in that area as well as improving some internal operations.”