Wixom city manager announces retirement
After 38 years of serving the residents of Wixom, Goodlein felt it was time to move on.
Hinkley expressed his immense appreciation to the nearly four decades of public service that Goodlein has given during his career, saying, “When Clarence was named city manager he brought new life to Wixom, doing away with the old my-wayor the-highway management style, instead focusing on a collaborative approach. Prior to accepting the city manager position, he served five years as police chief and ten as director of public safety. Clarence brought outstanding leadership and administration management skills to the role of Wixom city manager and his presence will be missed.”
Following a standing ovation, Goodlein expressed his thanks and appreciation to everyone he has worked with in Wixom.
“Honestly, this is the best place that I have ever worked. It’s the people that have made it a wonderful experience,” he said. “The employees here have made me a better and stronger person, which has allowed me to face many challenges in my life. I’ve been honored to work with you all.”
As the Spinal Column Newsweekly wrote in August 2015 following his appointment to city manager, Goodlein graduated from Madonna University in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology, is a 1992 Psi Chi honors graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy’s master of arts in clinical psychology program, and a 2004 Pi Alpha Alpha honors graduate of Oakland University’s master of public administration program.
Additionally, he graduated from the FBI National Academy and Executive Leadership Programs at both the Southern Police Institute and Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a Michigan Limited License Psychologist and adjunct professor of counseling psychology, research methods and statistics at Rochester College where he has served as such for ten years.
Goodlein has served as a committee member and secretary of the Lower Peninsula Law Enforcement Risk Control Advisory Committee of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association and as a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Professional Psychologists.
No decision on the hiring search process or details for Goodlein’s replacement has been made at this time.