Moving on: Hills resigns as Aumsville administrator to take on new challenges

April, 2016 Posted in People
Maryann Hills

Maryann Hills

By Mary Owen

Maryann Hills will say good-bye on April 15 after serving almost 21 years as Aumsville’s city administrator.

“This resignation is the celebration of letting go of the old and opening myself up to the new season I am entering,” said Hills, whose first day on the job was June 1, 1995.

Hills tendered her resignation to Mayor Harold White and members of the city council on Feb. 8, thanking them for the opportunity to serve. She called her time at Aumsville “a blessing in countless ways!”

Hills called a possibility of a new career “a labor of love and no longer a work ethic.”

After serving 28 1/2 years in public service in Aumsville and Detroit, she views her leaving as “the right timing with the succession planning in bloom and upcoming election of a new mayor.”

Mayor Harold White has credited Hills with helping to make Aumsville a great place to live and other city officials have sung her praises.

During her tenure, Hills oversaw the city’s First Street improvements, upgrades to the water system, playground improvements, construction of the new city hall/police complex, and recorded accomplishment of more than 240 visioning projects.

She has seen Aumsville become a TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) oriented community where, she said, “the sum is greater than the parts.”

“My part can retire and Aumsville will continue to be a ‘Great Place to Live’ because of the very professional city staff, city council, and policies and programs in place,” she told Our Town on her 20th anniversary.

Her replacement will have a full plate with implementing and funding of the updated Water System Master plan, the Transportation System Plan challenges, and now an updated Parks Master Plan, Hills said.

“There are labor contracts, franchise and lease negotiations on the horizon, as well as teaming up with staff, council and this fine community on city events and Visioning Plan goals,” she added.

Hills plans to “manage my own household better, now that I’m not managing the city of Aumsville.”

“Secondly, I will focus more on my husband and I’s business, Gerry Hills Corp.,” she said. “I hope to do some municipal consulting through our corporation to continue to use my administrative gifts.”

Hills said her decision to resign was motivated by two questions.

“I asked myself, ‘What one thing would you do if you knew it wouldn’t fail?’” she said. “Answer: resign from my Aumsville city administrator position. And “What is keeping you from giving God your full attention?” Answer: ‘My Aumsville city administrator position.’

“I am so thankful for all the joys and accomplishments of my public service career, and now so excited to take this leap of faith and trust my Heavenly Dad with what he will do with my full attention!” she said.

Hills and her husband, Gerry, live in Detroit. The couple has one son, Joel, 18.

The city is looking to hire the new administrator by the end of June. Deadline for applications is April 26. For information, call the city at 503-749-2030.

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