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Office of City Manager

The City Manager performs the functions and duties of the chief administrative officer of the City, reporting to the Mayor and City Council.  The City Manager carries out the direction, policies and actions of the City Council, and is responsible for the effective and efficient provision of City services and programs.
All City department heads and staff report to the City Manager.  The City Manager is responsible for preparing the annual budget, representing the City relative to County and intergovernmental relations, and represents the City in dealing with personnel issues and negotiations.  The City Manager also serves as the City's Zoning Administrator, the Act 51 Street Administrator and the Human Resources Administrator.  The City Manager also manages the City's participation in the Economic Vitality Incentive Program.


The City of New Buffalo is pleased to introduce our new City Manager, David Richards. City Clerk Lori Vander Clay administered the Oath of Office on Monday, January 23, 2017. David Richards is originally from Adrian, Michigan. His education background include: Graduate level courses in Personnel Administration from Western Michigan University and Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Public Administration from Siena Heights College.

His past experience includes City Manager of Unalakleet, Alaska; City Manager/Public Safety Director of Fort Yukon, Alaska; Interim City Administrator of City of Angels, California and City Administrator/CFO of Hoonah, Alaska.  He also has an additional 15 years of local government management in Michigan Cities.

The City is pleased to have Mr. Richards join our team! His experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to our administration.

Here is an organizational chart  with City staff and departments.