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Posted on: February 5, 2019

East Grand Rapids Announces Emmanuel Toribio as New City Manager

Manny Toribio

East Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 6, 2019 – The City of East Grand Rapids has selected Emmanuel (Manny) Toribio as its new City Manager.

Toribio will succeed incumbent City Manager Brian Donovan, who is retiring after 25 years of service. Toribio will join the City from Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Emily, and infant daughter, Elena. He was the finalist amongst 28 applicants and was unanimously chosen from the five candidates interviewed on Jan. 11. A start date has not yet been set.

Toribio has 12 years of municipal and managerial experience and currently serves as the assistant director of facilities planning and management at Drake University in Des Moines. Before working for Drake, Toribio spent three years working as a city administrator for Prairie City, Iowa, and six years working as a city planner for Des Moines, Iowa.

“I look forward to moving to the community and immersing myself in everything East Grand Rapids,” Toribio said. “The community is so vibrant in many ways, and I am eager to get started.”

Over the past several months, the City Commission collaborated with the Michigan Municipal League to develop and refine a city manager replacement process. Through pre-vetting, a public open house held on Jan. 10 and a series of interviews, the commission was able to thoroughly evaluate each candidate before making the final decision.

“We were particularly impressed by Manny’s organization and preparedness, which included actionable goals as he begins his tenure here,” said Mayor Amna Seibold. “We are fortunate to have in place a management staff who are experienced, dedicated and at the top of their field. Manny's fresh perspective will truly complement our team.

“As we look to the future of our community, the Commission and I are confident in Manny’s ability to collaborate with our staff, commissions, community partners and residents to keep East on a strong path that continues to make our community such a wonderful place to live, work and play. We look forward to having him at the helm as we embark on the next chapter in our City.”

Donovan announced his retirement in the spring of 2018. Since starting in 1993, Donovan has fostered a culture of strong service, fiscal responsibility and innovative thinking among the 67 full-time staff members in East Grand Rapids. Under his leadership, numerous capital projects were implemented and significant financial decisions made, including the completion of the Community Center and moving to a defined contribution plan.

In retirement, Donovan plans to stay active within the local community, utilizing his strong managerial and financial skills for charitable and not-for-profit work.  

“We are incredibly thankful for Brian’s service over the past 25 years,” Mayor Seibold said. “Dedicating his career to bettering the community and pouring his heart and soul into every task, it’s evident that he has deeply cared for our City. Saying that Brian will be missed is an understatement.”

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