Village Administrator

​Mitchell W. Foster, MPA
Mitch attended Northern Michigan University and graduated in 2011 with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with Minors in History and Economics and then earned his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in May of 2013. During the summer of 2013 he interned with the City of Evart, MI working with the City Manager on a Capital Improvement Plan as well as Zoning Ordinance updates. He again interned with the County of Washoe, NV during the winter-spring of 2013 on the transformation of the organization and on numerous cross-functional team metrics. Beginning in 2013, Mitch worked as the Village Manager in the Village of Kinglsey in Northern Lower Michigan. There, he was the Chief Administrative Official and oversaw several grant and loan projects throughout the community.

Mitch grew up and graduated from Big Rapids High School in Big Rapids, MI and was married in July of 2013 to his wife, Rebecca.
Role of the Administrator
The Village Administrator is appointed by the Village President subject to confirmation by a 2/3 vote of all of the elected members of the Village Board and serves as the Chief Administrative and Operating Officer for the Village. The Administrator's office is located on the first floor of the Village Municipal Facility.The Administrator works under the general direction and policy guidance of the Village President and Village Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities
The Administrator’s responsibility extends to supervising all municipal departments through their department heads. The Police Department is represented by the WPPA. The Administrator is responsible for the direction of all Village departments and offices, subject only to statutory and municipal ordinance limits.

Specific Duties 
  • Supervising, developing and mentoring department heads and other employees to promote teamwork and a commitment to providing high quality services.
  • Supervising and coordinating all municipal operations and municipal departments.
  • Ensuring the provision of effective public services
  • Evaluating the performance of department heads.
  • Coordinating employee benefits and personnel policy programs.
  • Assisting developers in a professional and businesslike manner.
  • Developing and preparing the annual budget and presenting it to the Village Board.
  • Assisting in the preparation of agendas, supporting documentation, and attending all Village Board meetings/functions as directed.
  • Providing support to the Village President and Village Board. Providing reports, recommendations, and advice to keep the Board informed and assisting in its policy-making role.
  • Ensuring positive public relations by providing information to the public concerning Village activities, providing efficient public services, and effectively handling all complaints and inquiries.
  • Representing the Village in local, regional, and state meetings and assisting with various Village commissions and boards.