Who's Who in Madison Heights

City Attorney

larry shermanLarry 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.

jeff shermanJeffrey 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.

grochowskiNiccolas 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.
City Clerk

City Clerk Cheryl PrintzCheryl E. Printz was appointed City Clerk in April 2014.  Prior to joining Madison Heights, Cheryl was the City Clerk for Berkley, and was formerly Director of Elections for Macomb County. Cheryl holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  Cheryl is recognized by the State of Michigan as a Certified Municipal Clerk, and brings nearly twenty years of municipal experience to the City.
City Engineer

germainCity 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.

City Manager

myersBenjamin I. Myers, was appointed City Manager effective March 1, 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, Mr. Myers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. 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. Mr. Myers is a memeber of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and holds the Credentialed Manager designation.

Community Development (CDD)

schaferJames 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.

Community Development (CDD) – Economic & Community Engagement Supervisor
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Linda J. Williams Linda J. Williams joined the City of Madison Heights as its Economic Development Coordinator in January, 2008 and was promoted to Economic & Community Engagement Supervisor in 2015. Linda is responsible for coordination of the City’s economic development efforts, community outreach, communications, and branding programs through web, social media and other traditional and non-traditional formats vital to the success of the City.  In partnership with other business resource organizations and agencies, Linda assists small businesses, including entrepreneurs, start-ups and first and second stage companies. She specifically targets industry sectors in which the City has a competitive advantage-focusing on diversifying the local economy, using the City’s innovative manufacturing infrastructure, highly skilled workforce and direct access to major freeways. Linda helped to create Entrepreneur Lounge or E-Lounge where guest speakers are invited to share helpful tips and inspiring messages for entrepreneurs.  For the emerging and established companies,  Linda helps to serve as a centralized clearinghouse of information and services to support their ongoing success. She facilitates “match-making” meetings and virtual introductions for companies wanting  to explore new business opportunities.   Additionally, Linda provides technical/administrative assistance to the City Manager, City Departments, Downtown Development Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Planning Commission, City Council and as staff liaison to the Madison Heights Chamber of Commerce.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Oakland University and has over seventeen 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. 


Department of Public Services

VitaliwebJoseph G. Vitali  Joseph G. Vitali is the Director of Public Services.  Joe was hired as a Parks Maintenance I employee for the City in 2001 and received promotions to Equipment Operator III, Streets & Facilities Coordinator, and Public Works Supervisor prior to his current position.  Joe works directly for the City Manager in overseeing the following divisions: Recreation, Water and Sewer, Streets, Motor Pool, Parks, Custodial and Building Maintenance, Senior Citizens, Nature Center, and Solid Waste .  In 2014, Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker College graduating Summa Cum Laude.  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 serves as a liaison with the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Senior Center  Advisory Board, and Oakland County Parks and Recreation operations of the Red Oaks Nature Center/Youth Soccer Complex. Joe is also an active member of the South Oakland County Public Works Association (SOCPWA).

Department of Public Services – Motor Pool Division

mcgranTerry 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 – Public Works Division

AlmaswebR. 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 – Public Works Division

Sean Ballantine is the Public Services Analyst/Planner. Sean began his career with the City as a Seasonal Laborer in the Parks Division in 2002, and was hired full time as an Equipment Operator I in the newly merged Streets and Facilities division in 2007. Prior to his current position, Sean received a promotion to Equipment Operator II, and served as sub-foreman for Water and Sewer. Sean is a lifelong resident of Madison Heights, with experience working in all divisions of the Department of Public Services. Sean works directly for the Director of Public Services, overseeing the Building Maintenance division, and assisting the Streets and Facilities, and Motor Pool supervisors with the day to day operations of the DPS.

Sean holds an S-4 Waterworks System Operator certification, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.


Department of Public Services – Senior Citizen Division

Cowan webJennifer 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 Psychology from Rochester College.


Deputy City Manager 

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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, City Clerk's Office, Library and Finance. In July, 2009 she returned to the Finance Director in the capacity of Director of Administrative Serivces, still overseeing IT, Clerk, 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.


Fire Department

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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 a graduate of Eastern Michigan University Staff and Command school.


Library

yermanRoslyn 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.


Police


robertsChief 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 assigned to the Field Training Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and the Curtail Auto Theft Unit. In addition, he has been an Evidence Technician for the police department. Chief Roberts’ experience as a command officer include: Field Training Unit Supervisor, Sergeant of the Curtail Auto Theft Unit, Road Patrol Sergeant, and Shift Commander. Further, he was promoted to the Deputy Chief position in 2005 then promoted to Chief of Police in 2011. Chief Roberts is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University's Police Staff and Command, he has received a Bachelor Degree from Central Michigan University in Community Development: Public Administration, and he has a Master of Science Degree in General Administration through Central Michigan University.

 Deputy Chief Corey HainesDeputy Chief of Police Corey Haines has been a member of the Madison Heights Police Department since 1992.  During his career as a patrol officer he has been assigned to the Accident Investigation Team, Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit, Special Investigations Unit and the K-9 Unit.  His experience as a command officer include:  Road Patrol Sergeant, Detective Bureau Commander, and Field Training Unit Commander.  Deputy Chief Haines is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff and Command and he received a Bachelor Degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Criminal Justice/Public Administration.


Purchasing / Human Resources

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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.