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Grosse Pointe Park city manager candidates announced

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 28, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — The Grosse Pointe Park City Council will be interviewing three candidates in the hopes of naming one of them the city’s first new city manager in more than 30 years.

During a closed-door session after the Aug. 26 Park City Council meeting, the council narrowed a list of possible candidates to three; the council didn’t have names yet for the candidates, only their background credentials, because their identities are kept confidential until they agree to be interviewed. 

Jeff Mueller, who has been facilitating the national search for the Park through the Michigan Municipal League, released the names the afternoon of Aug. 27, after he was able to contact the finalists to see if they were willing to be interviewed for the post.

Those vying for the job consist of Nick Sizeland, who is working as the Park’s interim city manager now and has been the city’s assistant city manager for the last three years; Shea Charles, who recently left his position as city manager of Howell, where he worked for about 15 years; and Victor Cardenas, who has been the assistant city manager of Novi for about the last nine years and worked as the village manager of Brooklyn, Michigan, before that.

“I think we’ve got three very good candidates,” Mueller said. 

The new city manager will replace Dale Krajniak, who worked for the Park for 33 years, more than 30 of them as city manager. Krajniak retired June 30.

At 30, Sizeland — the only internal candidate — is roughly the same age as Krajniak was when he was tapped for the city manager position by the late, longtime Park Mayor Palmer Heenan.

“It was very humbling (to be among the finalists),” Sizeland said. “I’m forever grateful that the Personnel Committee and the council liked my credentials. … I’ve really enjoyed working with everybody here.”

Sizeland lives in Grosse Pointe Woods with his wife, a Grosse Pointe Park native. Before working for the Park, he interned with the city of Grand Ledge for about a year and a half, while he was still in college.

At press time, the three candidates were slated to be interviewed starting at 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at City Hall, inside the council chambers. The interviews will be open to the public, but only the council is expected to be able to ask questions of the candidates. For more information, visit www.grossepointepark.org.