Belding City Council OKs contract with new manager

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:24 am on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Margaret Mullendore

BELDING — Members of the Belding City Council officially accepted a city manager contract with Margaret “Meg” Mullendore on Monday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding.

In a unanimous vote, council members approved the two-year contract at the special meeting.

According to the contract, Mullendore will receive a starting salary of $72,500 and upon receiving a “satisfactory” evaluation rating at six months she will receive an additional $2,500 to the salary. Council members also agreed on a 45 cents per mile allowance for city business purposes, two weeks vacation, life insurance, health insurance, retirement, sick and holiday pay, and maximum moving expenses of $3,500 with proof of receipts.

Mullendore did not counter the contract that was originally sent to her following the March 19 meeting.

Former city Manager Randy DeBruine was hired with a salary of $75,000 in 2004 and resigned in December 2012 with a salary of $93,000 on a contract that extended through 2014.

Mullendore will officially start the position on April 8.

“I really do think she will be a good match for the community,” Mayor Ron Gunderson said. “There’s some money to be saved here. The expertise she has is what we need. She’s been straightforward with us and I was greatly impressed.”

Mayor Pro Tem Andrea Belding said was pleased to see the process to find a new city manager come to a close within the allotted 90 days for the process to be carried out.

“I’m surprised we’re at this point already,” she said. “This is great, it’s nice to be at the end of this search. I think her skill set is going to bring a lot to our community and I’m looking forward to her starting on April 8.”

All council members said they were “satisfied” with the decision, siting various reasons ranging from potential savings of money to the city to the qualities that Mullendore will bring with her when she starts the position.

Councilman Thomas Jones thanked City Clerk Kareen Thomas and Finance Director/Interim City Manager Sam Andres for their work during during the absence of a city manager.

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