Karen Samborski, Treasurer for the City of Milan, was promoted to City Administrator. She replaced Jade Smith, who left the City in July for a position at Canton Township. Samborski has served as the interim City Administrator since Smith’s departure.
As City Administrator, Samborski is responsible for efficiently administrating all departments of the city government, including Parks & Recreation, Treasury, Building and Planning, Assessing, the Clerk’s office, the Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer, the DDA, and Public Safety.
Mayor Dominic Hamden stressed that Samborski is the logical choice for the position.
“She already has the respect of community leaders, the department heads, city council, and me. Her familiarity with current city projects and the city’s budget allows us to continue to perform the work for our residents with the utmost vigor and without losing our current momentum. I look forward to serving with her in the years that follow."
Samborski, who has served as Treasurer for the City of Milan since 2015, is a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager with more than ten years of experience in municipal finance, in both small and large municipalities. Before her position as City Treasurer, Sambosrki worked on Plante Moran’s Government Accounting Professionals team. During her time at Plante Moran, the City of Milan was one of Samborski’s clients.
Samborksi is currently the president of the Washtenaw County Treasurers Association and serves on the Professional Development Committee for the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association.
Samborski says she is looking forward to her new role as City Administrator.
“I feel truly fortunate to serve a community like Milan …a community that is both rich in history and supportive of progress. I appreciate the hard work that all of the community leaders before me have contributed, but there is still work to do. I am excited to be a part of the next chapter for Milan and honored that I get to continue serving an amazing city and its people.”
One of Samborski’s first tasks as the new City Administrator is to fill the position she vacated as Treasurer. She will work closely with Mayor Hamden on this process. They both hope to have the position filled by the end of the year.
The following projects are to be completed over the next few months starting on May 6th with Canfield Street.
Canfield Street, from Platt Road to Division Street
Project involves 2600-foot road reconstruction with new water main, new water services, new sanitary sewer, ADA Ramps and, drainage improvements. Several homes in the area are on septic field and the sewer project will allow them to connect to public sewer.
Ferman Street, from 2nd Street to Main Street
Project involves 1100-foot road reconstruction with new water main, water services, storm sewer, ADA Ramps, spot sanitary sewer repairs, and drainage improvements.
Water and Sewer Extension from County Street to Plank Road
Project involves 4000 feet of water main, 3300 feet of sanitary forcemain, and a pump station to service 100+ acres of property for future development.
W Main Street Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Sanitary Main repairs and pump station improvements.
The City also has a need to purchase and install 6 natural gas generators at each of their pump stations that currently do not have backup power. The locations are at Ann Marie, Neckel Court., West Main Street, Marvin and Cherry Street and North Street.