Three applicants to interview for Lenawee County administrator Tuesday evening

ADRIAN — There will be a special meeting of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the county administrator post.

Current county administrator Marty Marshall will retire in April after nearly 37 years with the county.

The meeting will be in the commissioners chambers on the second floor of the Old Courthouse at 301 N. Main St. in Adrian. 

Three applicants have been chosen to interview. Jeff Wilson will be interviewed at 6:05 p.m., Michael Sessions at 6:55 p.m. and deputy county administrator Kim Murphy at 7:45 p.m.

Wilson is from Toledo and, according to his LinkedIn profile, he has served as a CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer as well as counsel and has several degrees.

"My experience also includes legal counsel, serving as General Counsel for small and mid-sized businesses across a broad base of industry sectors. With my unique background of management, finance, and legal combined, I provide corporate legal advice, real estate management, due diligence, and risk management to service and manufacturing companies," Wilson said in his profile.

He listed his areas of expertise as:

  • Strategic operations leadership.
  • Sales and marketing leadership.
  • Financial management.
  • Organizational growth strategy.
  • Turnaround management.
  • Real estate transactions.
  • Vertical market penetration.
  • Change management.
  • Employee engagement. 
  • Technology leadership. 
  • Corporate legal affairs.

Sessions is currently the city administrator/clerk for the city of Morenci.

Previously, he served as one of the youngest mayors in the history of the U.S., as he served for four years as mayor of Hillsdale. As mayor, he became an international spokesperson for youth involvement in politics, according to his LinkedIn profile. That involvement allowed him to speak at events around the world.

Sessions is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and a past member of Kiwanis International. He also served for three years as a board member of the Hillsdale County United Way.

Murphy is most recognizable for her efforts in spearheading Project Phoenix, a future community/athletics/business center that is being planned for the site of the former Tecumseh Products Co. plant in Tecumseh. 

She has been deputy county administrator since 2009 and has 23 years of municipal experience.

"As the Deputy County Administrator I have been intimately involved in many county projects, programs, and issues. A few examples include the creation of the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan; managing several energy conservation and cost avoidance projects of county facilities; conducting several public presentations on such critical projects as the 911 surcharge, resetting of the fixed tax allocation; and Project Phoenix," Murphy said in an email. "I also administer the county’s liability, property and auto insurance, administer several contracts and leases, perform grant administration and coordination; risk mitigation and serve as the County’s Public Information Officer. I have also created the 60 Second Update which is a weekly '60 second read' to keep the public informed on county happenings."

Mary Lowe
The Daily Telegram