By JIM LINCOLN
City officials in Birmingham, Mich., have their eyes on Kevin Welch as one of four candidates to fill the city manager’s post. The candidates will meet with officials in Birmingham during a two-day interview process scheduled between Dec. 10-12. A decision is expected before the end of December.
Welch said he applied for the position in October and was informed that he was a candidate later that month. He said there were many similarities between Tecumseh and Birmingham, including the quality of life and attraction as a destination. In a prepared statement, Welch said:
“The City of Tecumseh residents, elected officials, employees and businesses have been very supportive of me in the position as City Manager. I am very proud of the community and the people I serve. While my family and I remain very happy here in Tecumseh, the position of Birmingham city manager presented itself to me as well. Like Tecumseh, Birmingham is a very desirable place to live and work.”
Welch said he has spoken with the consulting firm The Mercer Group Inc., hired by Birmingham to lead the search for candidates.
“While I work through the interview process at Birmingham, I will remain as dedicated and focused on Tecumseh as I always have been. Leaving Tecumseh would be an extremely difficult decision to make and one that will not be decided easily,” Welch said.
If Welch is chosen for the job, he will succeed outgoing city manager Tom Markus, who has held the position for 22 years. Markus has been hired as city manager in Iowa City, Iowa.
Birmingham is an affluent community in Oakland County with a population of 19,000. The annual salary for the Birmingham city manager is listed at between $110,000 to $128,000. Welch is currently earning a salary of $91,957.