Two city managers announce retirements in 2019

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 30, 2019

 From left, former Grosse Pointe Park City Manager Dale Krajniak — who retired June 30 — receives a resolution from Mayor Robert Denner during an Aug. 26 City Council meeting.

From left, former Grosse Pointe Park City Manager Dale Krajniak — who retired June 30 — receives a resolution from Mayor Robert Denner during an Aug. 26 City Council meeting.

File photo by K. Michelle Moran

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GROSSE POINTES — It was a year of transition for two of the Grosse Pointes, with city managers retiring in Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores.

In the Park, Dale Krajniak — who had worked for the city for 33 years, the last 30 of them as city manager — retired June 30.

During his tenure, the city undertook a $22 million storm and sanitary sewer separation project, merged police and fire into a single public safety department, and undertook scores of improvements — many funded by private donors or the city’s nonprofit Grosse Pointe Park Foundation — at Windmill Pointe and Three Mile/Patterson parks.

“Without Dale, Grosse Pointe Park would not be what it is today,” City Councilwoman Barb Detwiler said this past summer. “His vision, can-do attitude (and) relationships with philanthropists have made the Park the premier city in all of Grosse Pointe.”

After a search, the City Council named Nick Sizeland — who had been the Park’s assistant city manager — as the new city manager during a special meeting Sept. 4.

Krajniak, 61, still lives in the Park and remains active on a number of boards and committees, including the Downtown Development Authority, Tax Increment Finance Authority, Grosse Pointe Park Foundation and Urban Renewal Initiative Foundation.

In Grosse Pointe Shores, City Manager Mark Wollenweber, 71, retired Oct. 3 after working for the city for the last seven and a half years. Wollenweber shepherded the city through a challenging financial time and helped the Shores attain AAA bond rating status, undertake multiple infrastructure improvements and achieve a state historical designation for City Hall, among other accomplishments.

Former Shores City Councilman Bruce Bisballe called Wollenweber “a seasoned professional, consummate team builder and responsive to the needs of residents.”

At press time, Building Inspector Tom Krolczyk was serving as interim city manager until a permanent replacement could be named.

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