In the wake of Wixom City Manager Mike Dornan’s pending departure, residents will soon see a familiar face back at City Hall.
The City Council negotiated a contract with former Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki on Thursday, Oct. 11 to take over as the new city manager once Dornan formally retires on Nov. 18.
“The main reason we offered the position to Tony is because Council made a unanimous decision after the Wage and Salary Committee developed an agreement for him to act as city manager,” said Mayor Kevin Hinkley. “He’s familiar with the employees, current projects and with vendors and agreements vs. going through a search that takes a significantly longer time. We’re excited to get him back.”
Dornan said is proud to hand over the torch to a man he’s worked with for 10 years.
“I’m very pleased that City Council acknowledged that Tony is knowledgeable about the city and that he possesses the ability to provide a smooth transition,” Dornan said. “The ideal situation is always to promote from within.”
Nowicki’s four-year contract becomes effective Nov. 19. He said that although there are challenges ahead, he is ready to roll up his sleeves and dive in.
“I’m excited,” Nowicki said. “There’s a lot of great people in the city, and who better to advance the city when I know it and the operations, and can come into the job with my eyes wide open. I know what the challenges and assets are. This is a tremendous community and a great place to work. I look forward to getting back and involved.”
By reorganizing the city manager’s office, the cost savings is expected to exceed $230,000.
“That’s a good deal for the city,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cutright. “Personally I felt we couldn’t find anyone who knows what’s going on better in Wixom than Tony. He can jump right in and take off running.”
Nowicki will earn $106,000 in annual salary, less than a 15 percent increase from his old salary as assistant city manager.
He will also be allowed to participate in a defined contribution retirement benefit plan, with the city contributing up to 5 percent of his base pay.
He will also have a $500 car allowance and a $50 per month stipend for cell phone usage.
His contract also affords him 21 days of vacation, 12 sick days, and three personal days each year.