Huntington Woods commission approves hire of new city manager

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 12, 2022

 Chris Wilson has been hired to be Huntington Woods’ new city manager. Wilson, who previously served as village manager in Beverly Hills, will start his new job Jan. 18.

Chris Wilson has been hired to be Huntington Woods’ new city manager. Wilson, who previously served as village manager in Beverly Hills, will start his new job Jan. 18.

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — After a long search, the city of Huntington Woods has hired its new city manager.

At its Jan. 4 meeting, the Huntington Woods City Commission approved the hire of Chris Wilson as city manager. Wilson succeeds Amy Sullivan, who resigned last June due to an illness.

After Sullivan left, former City Manager Mark Wollenweber took over the role in the interim. He, along with former manager Alex Allie, led the hiring process during the last several months.

Wilson will begin his job Jan. 18. He previously served as the village manager in Beverly Hills for the past 13 years.

“I’m excited to get started,” he said. “The city of Huntington Woods has a great reputation as a place to work and also as a place to raise a family. I think the public has high expectations of service level and professionalism, and I hope to be able to beat those expectations.”

Commissioner Joe Rozell said it was important that the commission found a manager who recognized what the community’s values are and identified what it expects, and commissioners felt Wilson was the best fit as manager.

“He has a lot of experience in Beverly Hills, which is a similarly sized community to ours, and we took into account resident feedback,” he said. “We had all of the candidates meet with residents, people from our boards and commissions, to get their feedback, and he was received very well by those folks.”

The commission unanimously approved Wilson’s hire. Rozell said he believes Wilson will do a great job.

“His background in finance and dealing with labor negotiations and things like that will go a long way to help us with our budget and those types of things,” he said. “I think he has a lot of strengths that he brings to the table, and I think he’ll be a really good fit.”

Wilson grew up in Arkansas prior to coming to Michigan to get his MBA from Wayne State University.

Wilson applied for the position back in August. Of 35 applicants, the city chose four finalists. Wilson recognized how the commission had to find the right fit for the community, just as he had to find the right fit for his organizational and managerial style.

As the process went along, Wilson felt like the position was a good fit on his side. He also felt his history of working in the area and in Beverly Hills helped him secure the job.

“I’ve been in Oakland County for a long time. Being in Beverly Hills, we’ve worked with Huntington Woods on a lot of projects and a lot of the same organizations. I know the staff, I know the former managers, I’ve even known some of the people on (the City Commission) before. I felt like I had a good feeling about the city … and I felt what I had to offer was a good fit,” he said.

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