Reception planned to welcome new Munising city manager

MUNISING – A reception to welcome new Munising city manager Devin Olson will take place Monday at the town’s American Legion post on Munising Avenue.

Olson, 26, of downstate Spring Lake was hired by the Munising City Commission in December to replace Doug Bovin, who retired after working for the city since 2003. Olson began his job as city manager Jan. 13.

“The Munising Downtown Development Authority, Altran and the City of Munising are excited to welcome our new city manager,” said Katherine Reynolds, executive director of the Munising DDA and Alger County Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to introducing him to the community and our U.P. partners. We feel his excitement, interest and abilities are a great fit for Munising’s future.”

The reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m., including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Olson was selected for the job from a field of five candidates.

Olson worked most recently as a maintenance crew supervisor with the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department in downstate West Olive. He began his career with the agency in 2007 as a stewardship team member and parks attendant. In October 2012, he worked there as a maintenance technician and special projects coordinator until February of last year.

Olson was a city management intern with the city of Clare downstate from May through July 2012. Before that, he was a marine hi-lo operator with Wharf Marina in Grand Haven, beginning in June 2006.

Olson earned a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alma College.

“I have the desired educational experience, a pertinent municipal background and strong personal traits that will allow me to excel as the next manager within the city of Munising,” Olson wrote in a letter expressing his interest in the job. “I am a highly motivated and personable individual who is greatly anticipating the chance to become an active member of such a beautiful northern Michigan community.”

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