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Grosse Pointe City

Located on the southwestern shore of Lake St. Clair, Grosse Pointe is a community of close-knit residential neighborhoods. The City is known for its stately tree-lined streets and lakeside… recreational facilities. The picturesque retail district provides unique shopping and business opportunities – Grosse Pointe residents enjoy a distinctive small-town atmosphere, and yet are within easy reach of the nation’s fifth largest.

Municipal Offices


The Finance Director/Treasurer works under the general supervision of the City Manager. The Director plans and directs the treasury, accounting, financial reporting and investment functions of the City. Responsibilities include management of the accounting staff, budget preparation and presentation, maintenance of accounting and financial records, and coordination of the annual audit.

The municipal clerk is one of the oldest offices in government. For the City of Grosse Pointe, the City Clerk serves as the secretary to the City Council, oversees voter registration, administers all elections and is responsible for the maintenance of all official City records, documents and ordinances. The City Clerk acts as the Official Registrar for vital birth and death records. The City Clerk administers oaths of office and serves as official custodian of the City seal.

The Public Services Department handles operations associated with public services including streets, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewers, water distribution, downtown and other city parking lots and meters, parking enforcement and crossing guards, traffic signals and markings, parks and boulevards, forestry, building and facility maintenance including the City marina, pool and pump station, residential and commercial refuse collection, leaf pick up, chipping and composting programs, street sweeping and patching, plowing, sweeping and salting streets, parking lots and sidewalks, code enforcement, building inspections and certificate of occupancy programs.

The Parks and Recreation Department plans and directs year-round recreational programs and operations. The Director of Parks and Recreation supervises an extensive seasonal staff in coordinating the many activities planned and related to recreation fields, courts, buildings, pool, marina and related facilities.

Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms is a beautiful, upscale, suburban community on the shores of Lake St. Clair in southeastern Michigan. Since its establishment in 1892, Grosse Pointe Farms has become one of the premier neighborhoods in the country. The Farms is recognized for excellence in its schools, the quality of its housing stock, the safety and welfare of its citizens and its commitment to the special enhancements that make a city a community.

Municipal Offices


Elections and registrations, council meetings, ordinances, birth and death certificates, taxes and tax rates, assessments, collections and water bills, accounts and finance, recycling and refuse disposal.

Building permits, engineering, inspections, pest control, regulations, sidewalks, streets, tree service, sanitary and storm sewers and zoning.

Pier Park, Pier Park Gate House, Kerby Field, Marina, class schedules, Community Building rental and picnic and temporary park permits.

Grosse Pointe Park

Adopted in 1950, our City Charter provides the City of Grosse Pointe Park with a council/manager form of government. Voters elect a mayor and six city council members, who serve without pay, to conduct the affairs of the city. The city manager, is the chief administrative officer and is appointed by City Council.

The City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Grosse Pointe Park courtroom in the Municipal building. Meetings are open to the public.

The City Clerk/Treasurer, attends all council meetings and keeps the minutes and records of all ordinances, resolutions, and public notices. She provides and maintains forms for petitions, has power to administer oaths of office, is responsible for all elections, collects all taxes, and has custody of all monies concerning City affairs.

For Public Service, including the Building Department, Public Works, City Assessors Office, City Forester, and Code Enforcement.

Grosse Pointe Shores

Grosse Pointe Shores: With only 1.1 square miles land area, the city is the smallest of the five Grosse Pointe communities. The city, which is entirely residential, had a population of 3,008 at the 2010 census. Grosse Pointe Shores was incorporated as a village in 1911. On February 24, 2009, the residents of Grosse Pointe Shores voted to incorporate as a city with the name “Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, A Michigan City,” which took place on April 1. Prior to incorporation as a city, the village encompassed the entire area of two small townships. The Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, A Michigan City operates under a basic “Manager Plan”, with the City Manager overseeing the day-to-day operation of the community. The affairs of the City are governed by an elected Council composed of a Mayor and six Council Members. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are appointed by the Council.

Grosse Pointe Woods

The City of Grosse Pointe Woods was originally incorporated in 1927 and was known as the Village of Lochmoor. In 1939, the Village of Lochmoor became the Village of Grosse Pointe Woods and on December 11, 1950, was incorporated as the City of Grosse Pointe Woods, a Home Rule City. The city covers an area of 3.28 square miles.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the following: Local & Major Streets, Forestry, Vehicle Maintenance, Recycling, Parking Maintenance, Solid Waste, Leaf Disposal and Water / Sewers.

St Clair Shores

Located along the shores of Lake St. Clair and inhabited by French settlers as early as 1710, during which time the area was referred to as L’anse Creuse, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, grew from a resort community to a suburban city rapidly after World War II. Prior to the city’s incorporation in 1951, St. Clair Shores was recognized as the largest village in the United States.