Village Council appoints new clerk

By: Linda Shepard | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 26, 2019


BEVERLY HILLS — The Village Council recently appointed a new clerk and assistant manager.

“We’ve been on a very long and thorough search to find a replacement for former Clerk and Assistant Manager Ellen Marshall,” Beverly Hills Village Manager Chris Wilson said. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kristin Rutkowski. We have found her a very appropriate and very good fit for the village.”

Marshall retired last fall after 23 years on the job, and was the longest-serving clerk in the history of the village. Since her retirement, Wilson has pulled double duty as manager and interim village clerk.

Rutkowski is a Michigan native and a graduate of Cranbrook High School. She studied at DePaul University in Chicago and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.

She has previously served in administrative roles in Denver, Hamtramck and Royal Oak.

“Miss Rutkowski is extraordinarily impressive,” Beverly Hills Village Councilman John Mooney said at the Feb. 19 Village Council meeting, welcoming Rutkowski.

“We went from approximately 36 candidates to get it down to about five that we interviewed,” Mooney said. “They were all outstanding candidates. However, Miss Rutkowski demonstrated (excellence) not only through her education and her experience, but also in her manner. We believe you will be an excellent fit, and we look forward to working with you.”    

“Miss Rutkowski was the top choice,” Village Councilman Rock Abboud said. “What impressed me the most is that she is dedicated to the craft. Public service is not an easy thing. It is a service that is required. We had a long-standing clerk, and it will take a little time, but I think you are going to blend well.”

Village Council President Lee Peddie said he found Rutkowski to be impressive. “The other candidates were very good, but you stood out above the rest. I look forward to working with you,” he said.

Rutkowski began her new position Feb. 25 with a starting annual salary of $73,565. After a unanimous council vote to approve the appointment, Rutkowski made a brief statement.   

“I am looking forward to working with all of you,” she said.