Ludington City Council to consider city manager contract; forming marijuana committee

February 9, 2019 GMT

The Ludington City Council will vote on officially hiring and approving a contract with Mitch Foster to be the new, permanent city manager during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.

Foster, a 30-year-old formerly of Scottville, has been the village administrator for Winneconne, Wisconsin, since July 2015.

Foster’s proposed Ludington city manager contract would be for three years, with options for yearly renewal, however Foster would have to undergo periodic performance reviews and would be employed at-will.

The proposed annual salary for Foster would be $97,500 with “other benefits ... offered on the same terms as were provided to former city managers,” stated City Attorney Richard Wilson in a memo to the council.

Foster’s proposed contract includes health and life insurance, a $350 per month car allowance, as well as $4,000 to help cover the cost of moving expenses for him and his family.

Ludington’s last permanent city manager, John Shay — who held the job for about 15 years until July 2018 — had an annual salary of $95,000. Foster’s current salary for Winneconne is $71,500.

Wilson, Mayor Steve Miller and Councilor Les Johnson have been negotiating the contract with Foster since the council extended him a conditional offer of employment on Jan. 24.

Foster has agreed to the terms of the proposed contract, and Foster would give his 30-day notice to his current employer upon being notified of the council’s approval, according to Wilson. If approved, Foster would likely start as city manager during the second week of March, Wilson stated.


The council will vote on forming an ad hoc Recreational Marijuana Committee to investigate the potential positives and negatives of allowing recreational marijuana businesses within Ludington city limits.

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