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Keeping the team together at Macomb City Hall

Rich Egger

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman is reappointing City Administrator Scott Coker, City Attorney Lisa Scalf, Public Works Director Alice Ohrtmann, and Fire Chief Dan Meyer.

Inman believes Macomb has a good team in place and he’s encouraged by what they’ve accomplished.

“I know without a doubt each and every one of these folks is committed to this community and doing the very best that they can for the community at the very highest efficiency level and at the least cost as possible,” Inman said.

“That’s what gives me a great deal of encouragement and the desire to want to reappoint them to stay in this position.”

Inman said the city faces challenges and there are opportunities for improvement. He believes this is right group to address those.

Each appointment is for four years to run concurrent with the mayor’s new term. Inman faced nominal opposition in last month’s election and will be sworn in for a fourth term Monday evening, May 1.

Inman also said the city will have a survey done to determine whether salaries for the positions are in line with what’s paid in similar cities.

“We want to be right on par with our peers. We want to make sure our employees are properly compensated,” he said.

The city council approved employment agreements for the positions last month. Each agreement is for four years:

  • Scott Coker, City Administrator, $123,761 salary with a possible salary reopener after the salary survey is completed
  • Lisa Scalf, City Attorney, $126,531 salary in the first two years, a 5% increase in each of the final two years
  • Alice Ohrtmann, Public Works Director, $99,670 salary with a possible salary reopener after the salary survey is completed
  • Dan Meyer, Fire Chief, $84,743 salary with a possible salary reopener after the salary survey is completed

The police chief position is also appointed by the mayor. The city is currently searching for its next chief after Jerel Jones resigned in March to become police chief in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor.
Operations Commander Jeff Hamer is serving as interim police chief.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.