Traverse City’s New City Manager to Assume Role in January 2024
The City of Traverse City is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Vogel as the new City Manager. At their October 9, 2023 meeting, the City Commission approved a contract agreement. Ms. Vogel will officially assume the role of City Manager on January 2, 2024. The City Manager is the administrative officer of the City and shall hold office at the pleasure of the City Commission. Under the general supervision of the City Commission, the City Manager performs a broad range of administrative and financial functions in support of the daily operations which serve the best interests of the entire Traverse City community, and oversees the functions of all City departments.
Traverse City Mayor Richard Lewis expressed his optimism for this new chapter, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Vogel to the City of Traverse City as our new City Manager. Her background in municipal leadership and innovative solutions will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success and growth of our beloved city. I have every confidence that Ms. Vogel will lead with vision and purpose, fostering an environment of mentoring, collaboration, and progress."
As the Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Missaukee County since 2021, Vogel has been responsible for the preparation of the annual County budget, creating and annually updating the six-year capital improvement plan, supervising nine County Departments, and determining the strategy for the bargaining and administration of all labor agreements, among many other duties. Prior to Missaukee County, Vogel served as the Deputy Supervisor for Clinton Township. She is a graduate of Albion College, and has a Master of Arts from Loyola University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Baker College. She is also an International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager.
Elizabeth Vogel stated, “I am thrilled and honored to be the next City Manager for the City of Traverse City. As part of my commitment to a smooth transition, I've scheduled some vacation time for late October, during which I'll be in Traverse City to personally meet staff. I'm currently finalizing the dates and working on a transition letter for the Traverse City team. I want to emphasize that I remain fully dedicated to my current role as Missaukee County administrator, and I will continue to serve the taxpayers of Missaukee diligently until my final day in the office on November 27, 2023. Providing a seamless transition for the great team in Missaukee is of utmost importance to me. With the upcoming holidays just around the corner, I eagerly anticipate this special time to recharge, enjoying quality time with family and friends. I look forward to hitting the ground running in Traverse City on January 2nd, 2024, bringing boundless energy and enthusiasm in the New Year!”
Traverse City Mayor Pro-Tem Amy Shamroe stated, "Our strength lies in our unity, and I encourage all City residents to join us in extending a warm welcome and celebration to Ms. Vogel, the first female Traverse City City Manager. With her experience and dedication, we are in capable hands. Together, let us embark on this journey of collaboration, understanding, and shared purpose to ensure our city remains a thriving community for all."