City Manager

About our City Manager

Eric Norenberg became Milford City Manager on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining the City of Milford, Eric was City Manager of Oberlin, OH for eight years. He previously served in a variety of positions with the City of Mesa, Arizona, including Special Assistant to the City Manager and Acting Convention and Community Center Director.

An Ohio-native, Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), an ICMA Credentialed Manager and a Milford Rotary Club member.

Eric is interested in connecting with Milford residents and welcomes contact via email, telephone, meetings, and via social media. You can follow Eric on Twitter.

Eric and his wife Kaye have two grown children, Zach and Molly, and a dog, Checkers.

About a City Manager

The City of Milford is governed under the Council-Manager form of government which is the most popular structure of government in the United States among municipalities with populations of 2,500 or more. It is one of several ways U.S. municipalities and counties can organize. Under this form, residents elect a governing body including a Mayor to adopt legislation and set policy. The governing body then hires a City Manager with broad executive authority to carry out those policies and oversee the local government’s day-to-day operations. 

Born out of the U.S. progressive reform movement at the turn of the 20th century, the Council-Manager form was created to combat corruption and unethical activity within local government by promoting nonpolitical management that is effective, transparent, responsive, and accountable.  The Council-Manager form of government recognizes the critical role of elected officials as policymakers, who focus on mapping out a collective vision for the community and establishing the policies that govern it. The form also recognizes the need for a highly-qualified individual who is devoted exclusively to the delivery of services to residents.

The City Manager is an at-will employee who can be fired by a majority of the elected officials, consistent with local laws or any employment agreements. The City Manager:

• Prepares a budget for the governing body’s consideration.

• Recruits, hires, supervises, and terminates staff under their direction.

• Serves as the governing body’s chief adviser by providing complete and objective information about operations, discussing options, offering an assessment of the long-term consequences of decisions, and making policy recommendations.

• Carries out the policies established by the governing body.

In short, your City Manager helps to make Milford a place we are all proud to call home!