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Markus-Aug.-2019Office of the City Manager  
Strategic Plan  
Jana Ecker Named Next Birmingham City Manager  
City Manager's Report  

Office of the City Manager
The City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and is appointed by the City Commission. The  Office of the City Manager coordinates the activities of all City departments and is responsible for:

  • Directing the administration of the City government
  • Appointing all department heads, with the exception of the City Clerk
  • Preparation of the annual budget and a long-range capital improvements program
  • Implementing the policies adopted by the City Commission
The Office of the City Manager also prepares City Commission meeting agendas and is responsible for the City's public relations and risk management programs.

Strategic Plan


Jana Ecker to Become Next Birmingham City Manager
18-BhamCityHeadshots-211001-9847-062 finalFollowing an extensive recruitment and selection process, the Birmingham City Commission unanimously selected Jana Ecker as the next Birmingham City Manager on Monday, March 13, 2023. Ecker will begin her new role when current City Manager Tom Markus completes his term on June 30, 2023.

“As a City of Birmingham employee for more than 20 years, Jana has demonstrated dedication to this community and she possesses a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills that make her an excellent candidate for this position,” said Mayor Therese Longe. “We are pleased that community members and city staff participated in the selection process, and their feedback is aligned with the decision of the City Commission. We look forward to a seamless transition.”

Ecker has more than 26 years of professional experience in municipal law and local government. Throughout nearly 21 years of employment with the City of Birmingham, she has served as Planning Director, Interim Executive Director of the Birmingham Shopping District, and her current role of Assistant City Manager. In addition to municipal government experience, she is also a licensed attorney. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning & Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

“I am very pleased to serve as the next Birmingham City Manager,” said Ecker. “Working in local government and serving our residents and businesses allows me to further my passion for community building, and I look forward to using my extensive experience and knowledge of Birmingham to lead the city in this new role.”

Ecker will carry forward many initiatives currently underway, including the implementation of Parks and Recreation bond projects and sustainability initiatives, securing a permanent location for the Next senior center, numerous infrastructure projects, and adoption of the Citywide Master Plan for 2040. The city invites the community to join in congratulating Ecker.

City Manager's Report
Looking for the inside scoop at City Hall? View the City Manager's Report prepared for the City Commission each month. Read the latest updates from city departments and a sneak peek at upcoming events, staffing changes, developments and more.

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The Office of the City Manager is located in room #207 on the second floor of the City Hall Building, which is located at 151 Martin Street, Birmingham, MI 48009. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Department Name First Name Last Name Profession Email Phone
City Manager Tom Markus City Manager tmarkus@bhamgov.org (248) 530-1808
City Manager Jana Ecker Assistant City Manager jecker@bhamgov.org (248) 530-1811
City Manager Melissa Fairbairn Assistant City Manager mfairbairn@bhamgov.org (248) 530-1807
City Manager Marianne Gamboa Communications Director mgamboa@bhamgov.org (248) 530-1812