Shelby village administrator offered Spring Lake job

January 25, 2024


Shelby village administrator offered Spring Lake job

‘It’s certainly bittersweet to be leaving this community.’

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor

SHELBY — The Shelby Village Council will very likely be searching for a new village administrator soon.

The Spring Lake Village Council recently voted to offer the village manager position to Brady Selner, 30, who is currently the Shelby village administrator. Selner, who was among five candidates interviewed, said he plans to accept the position.

“It’s working toward finding an agreement, an employment contract, that we’re both comfortable with. So long as that happens, I do anticipate accepting the employment offer with the Village of Spring Lake,” said Selner. “I won’t give a formal resignation until there is an approved contract in the Village of Spring Lake.”

The next steps in the hiring process are beginning the negotiation process and drafting a contract for council’s approval, which is expected to happen at the next meeting Feb. 12. The salary range for the position is $140,000-$155,000.

“I’ve been conditionally offered the position pending contract negotiations as well as a background check,” said Selner. “As long as both of those things come to terms, it’s anticipated the Spring Lake Village Council would vote on their employment contract at their Feb. 12 meeting. If they do vote to approve the contract on Feb. 12, I am contractually obligated here to provide a 30-day notice. The 30-day notice would come some time in early February, and my last day in the Village of Shelby would be mid to late March. I want to make the transition as smooth as possible. I’m going to wrap up what I’m able to, but have things organized and ready for the next administrator to hit the ground running and continue all the positive progress that has occurred. It’s been a challenge, and it’s been rewarding. There have been a lot of positive things that have happened over the last three years, and there are many, many exciting things to come.”

He is currently paid a salary of approximately $91,000 with the Village of Shelby.

Selner, who lives in Norton Shores, previously worked as the planning and zoning director for Mason County. The Wisconsin native attended Adams State University in Colorado where he ran track and cross country. He moved to west Michigan in 2014 and obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and his master’s degree in public administration. He completed internships with the City of Muskegon and Ottawa County.

“This has been a wonderful experience,” Selner said of his work in Shelby. “I owe a lot to this community. I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s certainly bittersweet to be leaving this community. The village council has been wonderful to work with, and all of the other stakeholders in this community have been wonderful to work with. I think we all accomplished a lot in the time that I have been fortunate to serve as village administrator of the Village of Shelby. I’m proud to be a part of a lot of the progress that has been made and will certainly be watching that progress continue.

“I look forward to serving the Spring Lake community, and it’s what is best for our family, but it doesn’t make it any easier to leave this community and all the work we’ve been doing.”

He was hired by the Village of Shelby in November of  2020, replacing Rob Widigan who resigned to accept a position as the City of Lansing’s finance director. Widigan had served as the Shelby village administrator for two years.

The Spring Lake village manager position became open when Christine Burns died earlier this year.

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