City Manager

City Manager's Office

Our City Management team creates the spirit of the community while administering City services. The City Manager, who is the Chief Administrative Officer, along with the Deputy City Manager and Assistant to the City Manager, ensures City goals and objectives meet the guidelines set in their official Guiding Principles.

Curtis L. Holt
Curtis L. Holt
City Manager
John McCarter
Deputy City Manager 
Jennifer Ballard  
Jennifer Stowell
Assistant to the City Manager
Vacant 
Communications Specialist

Curtis Holt, City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to ensure the efficient administration of all City departments, to recommend a budget, maintain a system of financial accounts, and to propose for adoption those measures deemed necessary and expedient.  The City Manager acts within the policies established by the City Council, the Charter and Ordinances.

Curtis L. Holt has served as Wyoming City Manager since 2000.  He joined the City staff in 1996 as Deputy City Manager.  Previous management experience includes City Manager of Otsego, Michigan from 1989 to 1996, and Assistant City Manager of Cedar Springs, Michigan from 1987 to 1989.  Mr. Holt has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. 

Mr. Holt presently serves as a board member of the MMRMA, and is chair of Greenstone Insurance, which is a captive held the MMRMA.  He is a board member and past chair of the Regional Geographical Information Service (REGIS) agency of the Grand Valley Metro Council, and is vice-chair of the Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority. He is the past chariperson of the Kent County Dispatch Authority, and a past commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). 

John McCarter, Deputy City Manager

John McCarter joined the City in March of 2021. He previously worked for the City of Pearland, Texas in a variety of roles including, Interim Director of Finance,  Assistant Director of Finance, Budget/Procurement Manager, Budget Officer, and Management Assistant. Before moving to Texas, McCarter started his career in Michigan working for the Cities of Saginaw, Lapeer, Royal Oak, and Novi. 

In his current role, McCarter will oversee a variety of city functions including primary areas of communications, data analytics, and process improvement. McCarter has strong interpersonal skills and is experienced with public management techniques involved in project management, communications, and data analytics. He is responsible for managing the City’s website, social media platforms and media inquiries. He is also responsible for directing and monitoring city projects, acting as liaison between the city manager and department heads, community groups, boards and designated government agencies.

McCarter is active in the International City-County Management Association and Engaging Local Government Leaders. He holds a master’s degree from the Oakland University in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Public Administration.

Jennifer Stowell, Assistant to the City Manager

Jennifer Stowell has served as the Assistant to the City Manager since 2012. She joined city staff in 2010 working for the Housing Commission.  Prior to starting at the city, Jennifer was on office manager in the logistics field. 

In her current role, Stowell supports both the City Manager’s Office and the City Council.  She also oversees a variety of functions including the tax abatement process, the city’s FMLA process, the tuition reimbursement program, MMRMA claims, and the city’s annual Wyoming Gives Back holiday event.

Ms. Stowell currently serves as chair of the Wyoming Housing Commission and the staff liaison to the Tree Commission.  She holds a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Organizational Leadership and Performance and a bachelor’s degree from Davenport University in Business Administration.