Police Chief Scott McKee plays bags Aug. 1 with Chance Eaton, 5, of Lathrup Village, and T.J. Chance, 9, of Flat Rock. Residents were invited to socialize with new city staff.

Police Chief Scott McKee plays bags Aug. 1 with Chance Eaton, 5, of Lathrup Village, and T.J. Chance, 9, of Flat Rock. Residents were invited to socialize with new city staff.

Photo by Donna Augusti


New Lathrup Village employees host meet-and-greet

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published August 7, 2019

 City Administrator Sheryl Mitchell introduces Parks and Recreation Department intern Keri Geif during the event.

City Administrator Sheryl Mitchell introduces Parks and Recreation Department intern Keri Geif during the event.

Photo by Donna Augusti

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — Do you know which Lathrup Village employee is a morning person?

What about which one of them loves to travel?

Residents were tasked with finding out the answers to these questions and more Aug. 1 during the city’s first Staff Meet and Greet behind Lathrup Village City Hall.

Residents were invited to mingle with city staff, munch on a free taco bar and jam to some oldies by DJ Larry Williams.

City Administrator Sheryl Mitchell, who joined the Lathrup Village team in 2018, said the event was designed for both new and old residents of the city to get to know a handful of recently added staff.

“I’m new, and several of the staff people are new since my arrival, so it seemed like a great opportunity for us to meet the people that we serve and just to have conversations and to share resources and information with the residents,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said Keri Geif, a summer intern in the Parks and Recreation Department, put together the event.

“It’s a great community, and we’re excited about getting to know people one on one,” Mitchell said.

At the start of the event, staff members took turns at the microphone and introduced themselves and their role in the city.

Event attendees also participated in a scavenger hunt to find out fun facts about staff, such as who can speak a different language, who has a dog and who is a good cook.

Parks and Recreation Coordinator Chris Clough said he joined the team in April.

“This event is a great opportunity for people to see what’s new and exciting in Lathrup Village. We’re definitely focused on revitalizing our parks and recreation. There’s a ton of events that we’ve done this summer and more coming up,” Clough said. “This is a great opportunity to get in front of people and show them that your town is vital, exciting, and to get involved.”

Police Chief Scott McKee, who was appointed in late 2017, said the event was the perfect opportunity to connect with residents outside of emergency situations.

“By meeting the residents and having them know us on a more intimate basis, I think it lets us serve them better,” McKee said. “It becomes less traumatic if they need to call the police, and I think they’re more open or more willing to engage with us. I think if they know the officers in this department and have a relationship, everything works a whole lot better.”

Resident Barbara Voight-Stetson said she came out to see what was new in the city.

“I came out to meet our city officials,” Voight-Stetson said. “We used to be involved before, and we sort of cut back on being involved so we just wanted to come see who is here and talk to people and find out information that’s going on in the city.”

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