Who's Who in Madison Heights
Larry H. Sherman has served as the Madison Heights City Attorney since January, 1987. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College in 1974 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan in 1977. He is a Principal in the Law Firm of Sherman & Sherman, P.C. As City Attorney, Larry is the chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager and all Department Heads. He represents the City in most civil and criminal matters. During his career, Larry has performed municipal legal work for the following communities: Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Walled Lake, Sylvan Lake, Taylor, Melvindale and Redford. In addition to municipal law, his practice concentrates on real estate, general civil litigation, and criminal and traffic defense matters. Larry is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts.
Jeffrey A. Sherman has served as the Madison Heights Assistant City Attorney since January, 1987. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan in 1979. He is a principal in the Law Firm of Sherman & Sherman, P.C. As Assistant City Attorney, Jeffrey also serves as legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager and all Department Heads. He too represents the City in most civil and criminal matters. During his career, Jeffrey has been the City Attorney for the City of Hazel Park and worked as special counsel for the City of Ferndale. In addition to municipal law, his practice concentrates on real estate, general civil litigation, and domestic relations matters. Jeffrey is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts.
Niccolas J. Grochowski has served as the Madison Heights Assistant City Attorney since March, 2002. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University in 1995 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Detroit - Mercy in 1998. He is an Associate in the law firm of Sherman & Sherman, P.C. As Assistant City Attorney, Nic also serves as legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager and all Department Heads. He too represents the City in most civil and criminal matters. During his career, Nic served as Clerk to the Michigan Court of Appeals and as Clerk - Court Officer to the 16th Judicial District Court. In addition to municipal law, his practice concentrates on general civil litigation, criminal and traffic defense. Nic is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Wayne County Bar Association, and the National Criminal Justice Society; and, is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts.
Marilyn Haley was appointed City Clerk on June 2, 2008. Prior to being appointed Clerk, Marilyn worked in the City Manager’s Office as the Executive Assistant for 11 years. In April 2002, she earned an Associate in General Business degree graduating Magna Cum Laude from Oakland Community College. She is a member of the Oakland County Clerk’s Association and Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. Marilyn is attending training offered through Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks to earn the status of certified municipal clerk.
City Engineer Timothy L. Germain, P.E. began his engineering career in 1992 with the firm of Nowak & Fraus Engineers of Royal Oak, Michigan. He has served in the capacity of design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and Assistant City Engineer for the City of Madison Heights since joining Nowak and Fraus.
Mr. Germain became a principal in the firm in 2005 and currently serves as a Vice President in charge of Land Development Consulting Services. With over 14 years of experience in the civil engineering field of public sector consulting and private sector development, Tim's expertise includes the planning, design and administration of residential, commerical, office, retail and industrial developments.
Mr. Germain holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He holds professional engineer licenses in both Michigan and Ohio. Mr. Germain also serves the City of Huntington Woods in the capacity of Consulting City Engineer.
Benjamin I. Myers, was appointed City Manager in 2013. He was originally hired by the City in July 1992 as the Assistant City Manager and was promoted to Deputy City Manager in March 2006. In 1985, Myers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Myers received the Master of Governmental Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Prior to coming to Madison Heights, he served as the Assistant to City Manager and Director of Personnel and Special Projects for the City of Garden City, Michigan.
Community Development (CDD)
James T. Schafer, AICP, Community Development Director, has worked for Madison Heights since 1999. Prior to Madison Heights, he worked for Washtenaw County and Waterford Township, and as a private planning consultant for communities throughout southeast Michigan.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in land use analysis and political science, and his Masters of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association, and the Michigan Society of Planning. Jim serves on the EMU Planning Program Advisory Board, EMU Public Administration Advisory Board, MSP Information Resources Committee, the MSP Leadership Council, and is an adjunct instructor in the EMU Masters of Public Administration Program.
Jack R. Williams, Deputy CDD Director and Building Official, joined the City of Madison Heights in August of 2000. He has 35 years of experience in firefighting, construction, building inspection, and zoning and code enforcement and has held various elected and appointed positions in municipal government. He is a state-registered building official, building inspector and plan reviewer, an instructor for the state’s Act 54 continuing education program , and a licensed residential builder. Jack is also a past President of the Oakland County Building Officials Association and a current board member of the Southeastern Michigan Building Officials and Inspectors Association.
Community Development (CDD) – Economic Development Division
Linda J. Williams joined the City of Madison Heights as its Economic Development Coordinator in January, 2008. Her principle duites are focused on business retention and attraction. Linda also serves as an ombudsman to the business community. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Oakland University and has over nine years of experience in municipal government having served the City of Hazel Park as its Management and Economic Development Assistant prior to coming to Madison Heights. Ms. Williams is a member of the Michigan Economic Development Association and the Oakland University Political Science Alumni Board. She also holds a Practitioners Training Certificate through the Michigan Economic Development Association.
Terry McGran was hired as a General Mechanic for the City in 1991, and was promoted to Motor Pool Supervisor in 1996. Terry has earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science for Heavy Equipment Services, is a Certified Master Mechanic for both automobiles and trucks, and is an experienced welder.
Department of Public Services – Streets & Facilities Division
Joseph G. Vitaliis the Public Works Supervisor. Joe was hired as a Parks Maintenance I employee for the City in 2001 and received promotions to Equipment Operator III and Streets and Facilities Coordinator prior to his current position. Joe assists the Deputy City Manager in overseeing the Department of Public Services operations. In 2011, Joe received his Associate's Degree of Business with a concentration in Management, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Baker College. Joe has been a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and Commercial Pesticide Applicator for over 10 years and has held a Waterworks System Operator (S-4) Classification since 2009. Joe regularly attends the Parks and Recreation Commission Meetings and is an active member in SOCPWA (South Oakland County Public Works Association).
R. Corey Almas, P.E., Streets & Facilities Coordinator, joined the City of Madison Heights in July of 2012. Prior to Madison Heights, he spent 14 years with Nowak & Fraus Engineers providing construction inspection, civil engineering design, and project management services for several local municipalities.
Corey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. He holds a Professional Engineer license from the State of Michigan, MDOT Technician Certifications in Aggregate, Bituminous Laboratory, and Density Technology, American Concrete Institute (ACI) Field Testing Technician - Grade I certification, Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) Concrete Technician - Level I certification, and has State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC Comprehensive) and Storm Water Management - Construction Site certifications.
Department of Public Services – Senior Citizen Division
Jennifer Cowan is the Senior Center Coordinator. Jennifer was hired as a part-time employee in 2003, was promoted to Part Time Senior Center Assistant in 2004. She was then promoted to her current position as full-time Senior Center Coordinator in 2012. Jennifer has an Associate of Applied Science, Medical Secretary Degree, an Eldercare Specialist Certificate, a Level II Cultural Competency Certificate and is a trained Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Counselor. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rochester College.
Finance / Treasurer
Melissa Marsh, was hired in April 2005 as the Finance Director/Treasurer and was promoted to Director of Administrative Services in March 2006. She was promoted to Assistant City Manager for Administrative Services in 2012, and to Deputy City Manager for Administrative Services in 2013. Melissa served as Human Resource Director and Webmaster as well as overseeing several other deparments such as IT, Clerks Office, Library and Finance. In July, 2009 she returned to the Finance Director in the capacity of Director of Administrative Serivces, still overseeing IT, Clerks, Library and Finance.
Melissa received the Master of Accountancy degree from Walsh College in Troy Michigan in 2004. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Finance from Tusculum College, in Tennessee. Melissa is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association (MPELRA) and the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association (MGFOA). Prior to coming to Madison Heights, she served as the Finance/Human Resource Director for Harrison Township, Michigan.
Greg Lelito, was appointed as Fire Chief on January 1, 2012. Fire Chief Greg Lelito has been a member of the Madison Heights Fire Department since 1997. Prior to joining the department, he started his career with the City of Utica in 1991, as a paid-on-call firefighter. In 1996, he was hired as a full-time firefighter with the City of Atlanta, Georgia. Greg has a Certificate in Fire Science from Macomb Community College. He has his paramedic license, Haz-Mat Technician and Tech Rescue Technician certifications. He is a member of the Oakway Hazardous Material Team, Oakway Tech Rescue Team. Greg was promoted to Sergeant in 2007, and on January 1, 2012 he was promoted to Fire Chief. He is currently attending Eastern Michigan University Staff and Command school with graduation scheduled for fall of 2012.
Gary A. Fiscus, Management Information Systems Administrator, received his Bachelor of Science in Management degree, with a concentration in MIS, from Oakland University in 1986. Prior to starting his employment at the City in 1990, he was employed at Unisys Corporation as a Systems Analyst.
Roslyn Yerman, Library Director, received her bachelor’s degree in English and her Master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. She began her tenure with the City of Madison Heights in 1987, serving as Head Reference Librarian prior to her appointment as Interim Library Director in 1995. She assumed the position on a permanent basis in December of 1995. Yerman comes to her position with a wide variety of library experience in both the academic and public library fields. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Michigan Library Association, and holds a Librarian’s Permanent Professional Certificate.
Chief of Police Anthony Roberts has been a member of the Madison Heights Police Department since 1990. During his career as a patrol officer he has been been assigned to the Field Training Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and the Curtail Auto Theft Unit. His experience as a command officer include: Field Training Unit Supervisor, Sergeant of the Curtail Auto Theft Unit, Road Patrol Sergeant, and Shift Commander. Chief Roberts is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University's Police Staff and Command and he has received a Bachelor Degree from Central Michigan University in Community Development: Public Administration.
Purchasing / Human Resources
Amy J. Misczak is the Purchasing Coordinator as well as Human Resources Director. Amy was hired as the City’s Personnel Assistant in 1998. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1991 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining the City, Amy was extensively involved in human resources while working in hotel management. She was promoted to Purchasing and Personnel Coordinator in 2004, and to Human Resources Director in 2010.