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The City Manager is the Chief Executive of the City of Oak Park and is responsible for the efficient administration of all City departments. 

Among many responsibilities, the City Manager is charged with supervising all City personnel, the preparation and submittal of the annual budget, enforcing municipal ordinances, and implementing the policies and direction set by City Council.

City Manager Form of Government

The council-manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local city manager. The mayor is a member of the elected city council in this form.  The form establishes a representative system where all legislative authority is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained city manager to supervise all city staff and oversee the delivery of public services. 


Meeting with the Manager: 
State Representative Regina Weiss

Welcome to another virtual edition of Meeting with the Manager, with your City Manager, Erik Tungate. This is a "Special Edition" with three guests to discuss various topics about the preparedness of our state government in Michigan, communication tools during a pandemic, and Policing strategies by Public Safety officers. 

Meeting with the Manager: 
Commissioner Janet Jackson

Welcome to another virtual edition of "Meeting with the Manager" with host City Manager, Erik Tungate. In this episode, City Manager Tungate welcomes Janet Jackson, Oakland County Commissioner and Chairperson of Human Trafficking Task Force.. This is a "Special Edition" where we will talk about  the critical topic, Human Trafficking.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Steve Cooper & Erik Tungate

Welcome to another edition of Meeting with the Manager, with your City Manager, Erik Tungate. This is a "Special Edition" about the preparedness and community engagement state of our country, United States of America. This segment is hosted by Communications and Public Information Director, Joscelyn A. Davis. She interviews Public Safety Director Steve Cooper and City Manager Erik Tungate. Erik and Steve discuss the state of our country how how to stay prepared and aware in this new normality. They also discuss some city initiatives the City of Oak Park is experiencing during this pandemic and offers some tips and suggestions.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Kathleen Forzley

Welcome to another edition of Meeting with the Manager, with Erik Tungate, your City Manager. Friends, the City of Oak Park joins the rest of the country – and most of the world, right now – in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. And, as we enter the seventh week of the Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, this current public health crisis is top-of-mind for all of us. My guest today is at the epicenter of that fight. Join me as I talk to Kathleen Forzley, Director of Oakland County’s Health and Human Services Division about some issues she and her staff faces during these times.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Brian Loussia & Greg Doyle

Welcome to a Virtual Edition" of Meeting with the Manager your City Manager Erik Tungate. On this edition Erik spoke with owner of Value Wholesale Proprietor Brian Loussia about new distribution of masks in the city and what their doing amidst COVID-19 pandemic. Erik also took the time to speak to the manager of Oakland County's One Stop Shop Business Center about small business endeavors and resources at this time.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Council Member Julie Edgar

Council Member Julie Edgar discusses her new leadership role in the City of Oak Park among other great expectations, with host City Manager, Erik Tungate on this edition of "Meeting with the Manager."

Meeting with the Manager: 
What are some changes you would like to see in Oakland County Michigan?

Welcome to another edition of "Meeting with the Manager". This month, we are proud to welcome Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack of District 18. In today’s show our guest will discuss the changes that we could like to see within Oakland County.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Featuring Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Welcome to Another Edition of Meeting with the Manager with host Erik Tungate. This month, we are proud to welcome Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, United States Representative, to the Federal Edition of "Meeting with the Manager!" In today’s show our guest will discuss the lifestyle of being a Member of Congress - Legislative goals, goals specific to the 14th Congressional District - Committee assignments - Appropriations, Oversight and Reform - Recent launch of bipartisan Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus - Gerrymandering in Michigan, ballot proposal that passed in 2018, and what it means for the 14th Congressional District.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Featuring Leslie McCurdy

Welcome to another edition of “Meeting with the Manager” with host Erik Tungate. As part of our Black History Month celebration, we are proud to welcome Leslie McCurdy, an accomplished playwright, actor, performance artist, singer and dancer. Ms. McCurdy made a visit to Oak Park on January 28 to perform her one-person performance celebrating the "Story of Harriet Tubman."  She returned to City Hall the next day to share the story about how the play came to life, the significance of Harriet Tubman, and what motivates Ms. McCurdy to continue - after two decades - to share this story. And, there's more.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Featuring Detroit City Council
Member Scott Benson

Welcome to another edition of “Meeting with the Manager” with host Oak Park City Manager Erik Tungate. This month we are proud to host Detroit City Council Member Scott Benson who shares his thoughts on the impact of regionalism and its effect on quality of life in Southeast Michigan. Council Member Benson is an Urban Planner by trade with 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, municipal planning, and community and economic development. He served 25 years in the United States Coast Guard. My second guest on this edition is Oak Park Director of Economic Development and Communications Kimberly Marrone who discusses the launch of the updated Master Plan and the Kick-Off of the Sherman Summer Pop-Up Park.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Featuring Pastor James A. Friedman

City Manager Erik Tungate has the distinct pleasure of taping a monthly program called "Meeting with the Manager." In this month's episode, City Manager Tungate welcomes Pastor James A. Friedman, President and Founder of James A. Friedman Training and Consulting, LLC., and Oak Park Public Safety Director Steve Cooper. This month's focus is on diversity and cultural awareness as it applies to community relations, current affairs and public safety. Pastor Friedman is often called upon by municipalities, school systems, corporations and non-profits to train on the topic of diversity and cultural awareness.

Meeting with the Manager: 
Special Edition

"In this month's show, we will hear from my top leadership staff in our Public Safety Department on a variety of topics, including their take on the recent unfortunate incidences that grip the nation and have been widely reported in the media," said City Manager Tungate. "I will then bring in a special panel of Oak Park stakeholders representing the business community and the nieghborhoods with a wide array of backgrounds. I will give them a chance to weigh in and ask our Public Safety leadership the difficult questions many of you have always wanted to ask but never had the chance, until now."

Meet City Manager Erik Tungate

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City of Oak Park

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