Longtime Clawson mayor says farewell

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 6, 2017

 Luebs is proud of what she has accomplished during her 10 years as mayor and 14 years on City Council.

Luebs is proud of what she has accomplished during her 10 years as mayor and 14 years on City Council.

Luebs is proud of what she has accomplished during her 10 years as mayor and 14 years on City Council.


CLAWSON — Penny Luebs has been the city’s mayor for a decade, and now it is time to say farewell, as she has decided not to run for re-election.

“It’s time for me to move on and allow new ideas to surface in Clawson,” she said. “It’s time for family and friends and the next adventure life has to offer.”

Making the decision wasn’t easy, but Luebs said that after looking toward her family and doing a little soul-searching, the answer became clear.

Luebs has been an active member of many organizations and clubs, including serving as a Youth Assistance chairwoman, an Optimist member, a Boy Scout committee secretary, a Clawson Community Coalition chair, a Fourth of July committee member, a DDA board member, co-organizer of the Clawson Farmers Market and an advisory board member for Acting Out Kids Community Theatre. She explained that she also began the Clawson Food Pantry and the Clawson Community Garden with help from city of Clawson interns and local church volunteers.   

The mayor is also known as a warm, smiling face about town, whether appearing at public events, shopping and walking in town, or serving on many boards and commissions and the City Council.

Luebs has been the mayor for 10 years and on the City Council for 14 years.

“When I ran for council in 2003, the big issue was to keep the Police Department or contract with Oakland County for safety services,” she said. “I am proud to say we were able to keep our Police Department local.”

Luebs said she has also seen and led Clawson through many changes in the last 14 years, including setting the groundwork for the 14 Mile Road repair and reconstruction, watching the resurgence of the downtown, initiating a road diet to control traffic in the downtown, and increasing recycling efforts.

Luebs said some of her fondest memories will be continually seeking to highlight the kindness and gentleness of the people and families who live and work in Clawson and the many community events that are a part of many family traditions.

Former City Councilwoman Deborah Wooley is the only candidate who filed to run as mayor of Clawson in the upcoming Nov. 7 election.

Wooley submitted her resignation from the City Council on July 28, 2017, because the Clawson charter requires that an elected official must resign to seek another appointment.

In her resignation letter to the current council, she wrote, “It was a pleasure working with all of you and our great city staff. I hope to have the opportunity to continue to serve our community as Clawson’s mayor.”

The race for two open City Council seats will be competitive.

Running for both seats are Matthew Ball, Kyle Bird, Paula Millan, Susan Moffitt and incumbent Jim Horton.