Carl DeForest is the City Manager of Brunswick. He is the appointing authority for most of the departments in the city, meaning he has the final determination in the hiring, firing, promotion, discipline, rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
After graduating high school, he spent 10 years in the Army as a military policeman. Then, he attended University of Akron and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in public administration. He worked as a police officer in Brunswick, moving through the ranks from patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, then Chief of Police, until retiring and taking the City Manager position in June 2017.
“The positions I had before the city manager job prepared me by helping me learn teamwork, prior authorization, budgeting, problem solving and how to navigate the governmental process to get things done the best you can,” explained DeForest. “I was also afforded an opportunity to meet a lot of elected officials and nonprofit managers in the city while I was a police officer that have certainly helped me in my current capacity.”
He was interested in the job because he had lived in the city, and he also cared about how the city delivered service to residents. DeForest wanted to provide enhanced focus on community service, accountability, and veteran needs and recognition.
His schedule is not very routine. He works from 7:30 am to 5 pm every day, as well as having committee and council meetings, working with citizen groups, the schools, American Legion, VFW, Rotary Club, and other non-profit organizations.
The best thing about being the city manager, in his opinion, is being able to work with others to solve problems that benefit the citizens. The thing that he dislikes the most is the fact that they cannot help everyone and solve every problem.
“I am involved in making good things happen for our citizens and I can help influence policies and decisions that are in the best interest of our community and the citizens who trust us to look out for their welfare,” concluded DeForest.
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