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  • By Lisa Brody

Birmingham City Clerk Mynsberge resigns

Birmingham City Clerk Cherilynn Mynsberge submitted her resignation to city manager Joe Valentine on Friday, September 6, with her last day on the job being Friday, September 20.

Mynsberge had been with Birmingham for about two-and-a-half years, having begun her tenure on April 3, 2017. Prior to her position with the city, she had been deputy clerk for the city of Oak Park for two years, and city clerk for Ferndale from 2007 to 2015. She is a certified municipal clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

The resignation was unexpected, Valentine noted, who said she indicated she is looking to make a career change.

At their meeting on Monday, September 16, the city commission will appoint deputy city clerk Cheryl Arft as interim city clerk until a new clerk is hired.

“The clerk's office is adequately staffed to handle the upcoming election,” Valentine said of the commission election on Tuesday, November 5. “Arft has experience running elections.”

The city has begun the process of recruitment of a new city clerk, posting the position on the city's web site as well as municipal sites in Michigan to alert individuals in the profession.

“We're looking for an experienced clerk. Election law is very important to know,” Valentine said.

According to the posting, the clerk's position “organizes and directs the conduct of elections, the tabulation of votes, and reporting of precinct results. Maintains voter registration records. Serves as the city’s FOIA coordinator, recording secretary to the city commission and staff liaison for the Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board. Maintains official city records and records of commission proceedings, and serves in an official capacity in the execution of a variety of city documents and contracts. Supervises the issuance of various city licenses and permits.”

The position pays between $75,742 - $96,974 plus benefits. Applications are due back to the city's human resources department no later than 4 p.m. Friday, October 11.

Other information and qualifications can be found at

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