Longtime Shores administrator promoted

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 22, 2020

 Interim Grosse Pointe Shores City Manager Tom Krolczyk — pictured outside Shores City Hall — has been appointed assistant city manager. He has worked for the city for more than 20 years.

Interim Grosse Pointe Shores City Manager Tom Krolczyk — pictured outside Shores City Hall — has been appointed assistant city manager. He has worked for the city for more than 20 years.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — After serving as Grosse Pointe Shores’ interim city manager for the last 15 months, Tom Krolczyk is getting what Shores officials say is a well-earned promotion to make him a permanent top city administrator.

Although former Shores Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni will take over as city manager in January, Krolczyk has been named the city’s assistant city manager. The Shores City Council unanimously approved his appointment during a meeting Dec. 15 by Zoom.

“I want to go on record and thank Tom for his unwavering commitment to the city,” said City Councilman Matthew Seely, who made the motion in favor of the appointment. “For the last year, he has been selfless. … We owe him a great debt.”

Krolczyk — who was named interim city manager after the October 2019 retirement of City Manager Mark Wollenweber — is also the building inspector, election administrator, harbor master and webmaster for the Shores, and he’ll continue in those capacities. He has worked for the Shores for the last 22 years. Prior to that, he was the maintenance supervisor for the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club for 17 years and worked briefly for the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms before accepting a position in the Shores.

Other officials also praised Krolczyk for his work ethic and dedication during a year made especially challenging by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you again for your tremendous job as interim manager,” City Councilman John Seago said.

City Councilwoman Sandra Cavataio, chair of the Finance Committee, also thanked Krolczyk.

“I look forward to our future collaboration,” she told him.

City Councilman Robert Barrette recognized Krolczyk for “all the hard work he’s done.”

Krolczyk, who’ll turn 59 Jan. 1, grew up in East Detroit — now Eastpointe — and lives in St. Clair Shores. His promotion to assistant city manager was made effective immediately.

Krolczyk said he was grateful to be named to this position.

“I think we’re putting together a pretty solid team here,” Krolczyk said of the recent appointments of Poloni, new Finance Director/Treasurer Cathy Hall and new Department of Public Works Director Michael Way. “I think moving forward, we’re going to be good.”

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