Huntington Woods city manager resigns due to illness

Former manager appointed to job in interim

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 23, 2021

 Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — Huntington Woods’ city manager of seven years will be resigning from her job before the end of the month.

Amy Sullivan submitted her resignation to the City Commission during its June 1 meeting. The commission, as Mayor Bob Paul put it, “regrettably accepted” her decision to leave.

Sullivan told the Woodward Talk that she was leaving due to a serious illness. She did not disclose any specifics on her condition.

“I want to be able to enjoy some time in the summer with my family,” she said.

The city soon will start its search for a new city manager, and it has named an interim city manager.

At a special City Commission meeting June 14, Mark Wollenweber was approved as the interim city manager. He previously served in the role for Huntington Woods more than 30 years ago, and more recently was Grosse Pointe Shores’ city manager before retiring in 2019.

Paul said Wollenweber and Alex Allie, who preceded Sullivan in the city manager role, will lead Huntington Woods in its search for a permanent city manager. Paul stated they haven’t started advertising the role yet, but they have begun the process of putting together the job description.

“Between Mark and Alex, (they) have a lot of experience, they know a lot of people, so we will certainly publish the job opening in all the national and Michigan city manager associations, the Michigan Municipal League … but they’ll also do some targeting, you know, contacting people that they know that might be interested as well,” he said.

Both Sullivan and Paul said Sullivan will be working with Wollenweber to get him up to speed.

Paul began working with Sullivan in 2014, right around the time the infamous August rain event hit Oakland County. Between the floods, the national attention the city received in late 2018 and early 2019 with its Drag Queen Storytime and the COVID-19 pandemic, he said she was thrown some curveballs during her time, all of which she handled in great stride.

“She always remained very calm and just handled them perfectly,” Paul said. “She was a great city manager and we’re very much gonna miss her.”

Sullivan felt very proud of how she was able to set Huntington Woods on a path toward continual road improvements. She also highlighted the same episodes Paul did as a “series of firsts” in her career.

“It’s been challenging and yet rewarding being able to manage the city through those types of events, once-in-a-lifetime events,” she said.

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