Grosse Pointe Park mayor not seeking reelection

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 11, 2021

 Robert Denner

Robert Denner


GROSSE POINTE PARK — Grosse Pointe Park voters will be choosing a new mayor this November.

On March 4, Mayor Robert Denner announced in a letter to Park officials and the media that he won’t be seeking another term this fall.

“I have been privileged to be a part of steady progress in our city and am proud that, in recent rankings, Grosse Pointe Park is among the very best places to live in the country,” Denner wrote. “I will continue to give my best efforts to the city for the remainder of my term. There is much to accomplish in 2021, and I am confident that together we will continue to move our great city forward.”

A retired management and technology consultant, Denner, 69, has lived in the Park for nearly 40 years. He served on the Park City Council from 2003 to 2015 and ran for his first term as mayor, unopposed, in November 2015. Denner had been endorsed by former longtime Mayor Palmer Heenan, who retired earlier in 2015. Denner was re-elected in 2017 and 2019, running unopposed both times.

“The success of Grosse Pointe Park rests on the shoulders of all those who have come before us,” Denner wrote. “I am grateful that the leadership of Mayor Palmer Heenen, Mayor Greg Theokas and retired City Manager Dale Krajniak laid a foundation for continued progress. I also appreciate that our current elected officials, appointed volunteers on our boards and commissions, and a dedicated city administration all work tirelessly on behalf of our residents. I am also grateful for the support of the philanthropic community in making so many amenities in our city possible. The results have been impressive.”

City Councilman Jim Robson, the only current member of the council with a longer tenure than Denner, thanked Denner by email for his “outstanding and dedicated service” to the residents of the Park.

“Your faithful leadership as mayor over the past 5.5 years has resulted in many civic accomplishments and most certainly (is) a significant factor in the Park being among the very best places to live in the country,” Robson wrote.

Denner said that, after the election, he looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, traveling and finding new ways to serve his community.

“Thank you for the opportunity to lead our community,” Denner wrote.

Following Denner’s announcement, City Councilwoman Lauri Read announced on her Facebook page that she intended to run for mayor this November. Read was elected to the council in November 2017 and would have been up for reelection this fall to retain her council seat.

It wasn’t known at press time who else might be running to succeed Denner. The deadline for nonpartisan candidates — the council and mayoral seats are nonpartisan — to file nominating petitions and affidavits of identity is 4 p.m. April 20. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (313) 822-6200 or email