LAKEVIEW — The search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and the city of Stanton has been narrowed down to two finalists.
Jacob Eckholm of Muskegon is currently regional manager of TrueNorth Community Services in Fremont, while Frank Goodroe of Huntington Woods is currently administrator of Oak Park District Court.
Eckholm and Goodroe will be interviewed for the shared manager position at a special meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lakeview Village Hall.
Eckholm, 24, recently earned his master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on public management from Grand Valley State University. When he learned Lakeview and Stanton were looking to hire a shared services manager, he was eager to apply for the position, as he is passionate about local government.
“You can really see the impact that you’re having in a community in a really tangible way in smaller communities,” Eckholm noted. “You can really embed yourself in the fabric of a small community.”
Eckholm works for TrueNorth Community Services, a private nonprofit organization which provides a variety of programs to 61 counties in Michigan, including addressing rural poverty, ensuring that youths thrive, building vibrant communities and providing innovative rural nonprofit leadership. As regional manager, Eckholm is responsible for an 11-county region in southwest Michigan.
“We partner with other community agencies and distribute funds for self-sufficiency,” Eckholm said. “A big part of my job is public speaking and community engagement. I believe community engagement would be an important part of my job as manager of Lakeview and Stanton.”
Goodroe, 60, first became interested in local government when he ran for and was elected to the Mount Morris Board of Education when he was just 19 years old. He also served as mayor of Mount Morris and worked for Genessee County and Shiawassee County.
Goodroe went on to work in court administration throughout the United States, including stints with the Los Angeles Federal District Court, the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Goodroe worked as city manager of Hudson until 2009, when he began his current district court administrator job near Detroit. He has a master of science degree from Central Michigan University.
“I’m fascinated by local government,” Goodroe said. “I like positions that are more hands-on. My intention would be to not only live in the area, but also to be involved in the village and city communities. I think it’s important that the manager be involved with county organizations.”
Goodroe expressed interest in Montcalm County’s ongoing economic development efforts via the Montcalm Economic Alliance and The Right Place.
“I consider myself a professional beggar,” he said. “I’m always going to be looking at options and opportunities for funding and new development and grants. I’d like to make sure that each of those communities (Lakeview and Stanton) get their fair share.”
Additional finalists considered for the Lakeview-Stanton manager position were Landon Bartley of Grand Rapids, a city planner for the city of Grand Rapids; James Lower of Ionia, who works for the Michigan House of Representatives, Neil Rankin of Midland, the former Edmore village manager; and Corey Schmidt of Loveland, Ohio, where he is currently assistant to the city manager.