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  • By Lisa Brody

Birmingham hires new assistant city manager

The city of Birmingham has hired Tiffany Gunter as its new assistant city manager, filling a vacancy that has been open since current city manager Joe Valentine was elevated to the position of city manager from assistant city manager in February 2014, after previous city manager Bob Bruner’s contract was not renewed.

Gunter assumed the position on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Since March 2017, she was interim CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), and previously, she served the agency in a number of leadership roles, including preparing budgets, acting as its public spokesperson, CFO, IT director, project manager, and grant writer.

“We are excited to bring Tiffany’s leadership abilities, judgment and strong record of regional collaboration to our team,” Valentine said. “Whether leading projects or aligning stakeholders, Tiffany’s experience and skills are a valuable resource in the work we do on behalf of the residents and businesses that make Birmingham their home.”

“Birmingham is a great community and I am looking forward to using my expertise, energy and creativity on behalf of the citizens, merchants and stakeholders of the city,” Gunter said.

Prior to her work at RTA, Gunter served in 2014 as executive dean at Wayne County Community Collect District (WCCCD), and as deputy project manager of transportation from 2004 to 2014 for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She also worked for Daimler-Chrysler and at Kmart Corp.

Gunter recently obtained an Executive Leadership certificate from the University of Notre Dame and successfully completed the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Challenge Training Certificate in 2017. Her BBA in General Management and Finance is from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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