LAKEVIEW — When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options.
The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.
On Nov. 14, the Lakeview Village Council had voted for Gallagher as their choice between him and another finalist, Cedar Springs mayor Charles Watson.
“Because Stanton didn’t want to share a manager — that was the feeling they left us — we needed a qualified candidate to fill the position of village manager,” Lakeview Village President Ed Winter said. “I think the best thing for us right now is to go at it alone and hire Shay as our full-time village manager.”
The Village Council voted unanimously to give Winter the ability to negotiate with Gallagher for the position of village manager. Gallagher’s start date in Lakeview will be Dec. 1.
“It’s definitely an exciting opportunity to carry on the momentum on a lot of the great projects James (Freed) and Jake (Eckholm) worked on,” said Gallagher, who attended Monday’s meeting.
Gallagher hopes to continue working on the proposed annexation of a portion of Cato Township along M-46 between Youngman and Greenville roads. He also hopes to implement business retention and recruitment plans and to work with businesses in Lakeview.
“During the first few months, I plan on getting to know the people in the community at after-hours events and by visiting the restaurants and small business to see what are their big assets as well as their weaknesses,” Gallagher said.
He also wants to meet with the department heads in Lakeview to see what they’re working on and might need help on.
Gallagher has a short-term goal to “hit the ground running” and continue the momentum his predecessors left.
“In the long term, I want to make Lakeview the best and most vibrant community it can be and keep in on the trajectory of becoming a great community to live and be in,” he said.
Winter anticipates having Gallagher as full-time manager will cost the village $18,000 a year more than the originally shared agreement with Stanton, which Winter said is feasible with Lakeview’s budget.
“I’m looking forward to working with Shay and believe he is an extremely talented individual,” Winter said.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the Lakeview Village Council unanimously voted to end the shared manager agreement with Stanton.
“I think it’s best just to cover our bases,” Councilman Dave Lund said.
Lakeview’s next meeting will be Dec. 12 — Gallagher’s first as village manager.