City Manager

City Government


The City of East Grand Rapids operates under the city commission/city manager form of government. Under this structure, the elected mayor and city commission are responsible for establishing the laws, policies, and budget for the city. The city manager is appointed by the City Commission to oversee day-to-day operations of the city, budget preparation, personnel decisions, policy implementation, and ordinance enforcement.

About the City Manager


Doug La Fave was named Interim City Manager in March 2019, succeeding Brian Donovan's 25 years in the position. With 12 years of experience in city government, he began working in EGR in 2014, previously serving as EGR's Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Works. Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and Masters of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.     

Currently residing in EGR with his wife and young daughter, what Doug loves most about the City are the people, sense of community, engagement, collaboration, safety, dedication to investment in infrastructure and unparalleled public services provided by dedicated staff.


City Clerk


The city clerk is a part of city manager’s Office and is responsible for agenda preparation, records management, publication of required legal notices, election management, and coordinating communication with the residents of the city.