Grosse Pointe Park seeks new city clerk after clerk leaves for new position

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 5, 2023

GROSSE POINTE PARK — With a contested City Council and mayoral race coming up in November, Grosse Pointe Park is once again in need of a city clerk to run those contests.

City Clerk Meaghan Bachman, who just helmed the Park’s Aug. 8 City Council primary, left that post Aug. 11 to accept the city clerk position in Farmington. Park City Manager Nick Sizeland said the job in Farmington came with a higher salary and more support; the Park has been dealing with a tight budget and reduced staffing.

Bachman started working for the Park this spring, shortly before the retirement of longtime City Clerk/Finance Director/Treasurer Jane Blahut, who concluded her career at the end of March.

“I wish her the best,” Sizeland said of Bachman. “I’m happy for her.”

Other officials also praised Bachman for her work in the Park.

“I’d like to thank Meaghan for her time here,” said City Councilwoman Christine Gallagher during the Aug. 14 Park City Council meeting. “I think she did a great job.”

Gallagher is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor Michele Hodges this fall.

Before coming to the Park, Bachman served as city clerk in Flat Rock for about eight years and as a part-time paraprofessional for Allen Park Public Schools.

Sizeland said the Park is currently searching for a new city clerk. In the meantime, Sizeland said he’s acting as city clerk, with help from former Deputy City Clerk Courtney Delmege, who recently transferred to the Finance Department.