Meet the City Manager

The City Manager for the City of St. Clair Shores is appointed by the Mayor and Council, and functions as the Chief Administrative Officer of our city.

Michael Smith is the City Manager. William Gambill is the Assistant City Manager.

History of the Position

St. Clair Shores was originally incorporated in 1951. As a home rule city, under a council / manager form of government, the Mayor and Council are responsible for policy direction. Day-to-day administration is left in the hands of the City Manager.

Under the terms of the city charter, 10.052 (Section 3.13) entitled "City Manager; Powers, and Duties", the City Manager is responsible for the following:
  1. To supervise and direct the administration of all administrative departments of the city government except the functions of the city attorney
  2. To enforce all city laws, ordinances, contracts, and franchises to the extent of his powers
  3. To act as the purchasing agent of the city
  4. To report to the council from time to time the financial condition of the city and such other matters as should come to its attention
  5. To attend all meetings of the council and its committees
  6. To recommend for adoption such measures as may be deemed necessary or expedient
  7. To exercise and perform all the administrative functions of the city which are not imposed by this charter or by ordinance upon some other official, and, in general, to perform such acts as the council may direct in the general management of city affairs
To assist in the City Manager's Office, the staff includes an Executive Assistant, Natalie Turner.

Additional Information

View the organizational chart of the city.

Contact Us

  1. Matthew Coppler
    City Manager

    City of St. Clair Shores
    27600 Jefferson Circle Drive
    St. Clair Shores, MI. 48081

    Ph: 586-447-3311
    Fx: 586-445-4313