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HeatherHeather Grace
City Manager
 

Heather Kay Grace was born and raised in West Branch, and is an honors graduate from Ogemaw Heights High School.  She is married to T.J. Grace, and together they have a son named Lowan.  Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from Saginaw Valley State University and was awarded a full-ride scholarship to attend the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  During her legal studies, Heather served as an Associate Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law, along with working first as a Legislative Assistant for State Representative Tom Meyer, and then as a House Page for the Michigan House of Representatives.  Heather then transitioned from working for the Legislative Branch of State Government to working for the Judicial Branch, serving as a Research Attorney extern for the Michigan Court of Appeals, as well as serving as a Judicial Law Clerk intern for then Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette, who is now serving his second term as our State Attorney General.

During this time, Heather also became very active with the Thomas M. Cooley Moot Court Board, becoming an Honors Member and competing in numerous Moot Court Competitions.  Due to her skills as an appellate advocate, Heather was selected to represent her law school at two different national competitions, one in New York, and one in California.  In 2008, Heather's two member team won first place in the nation at the Center for Children’s Rights Thirteenth Annual Juvenile Law National Moot Court Competition in Costa Mesa, California, beating out all other law students from across the country.

After graduating cum laude from Cooley with her Juris Doctor degree in Litigation, Heather has since gone on to gain admission to the State Bar of Michigan, the Bar for the Eastern District of the United States District Court, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.  She has also worked as an associate attorney at a general practice firm, started her own solo practice firm, served as a continuing legal education instructor for Michigan police officers through the Northern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Consortium, taught police academy recruits as an Adjunct Professor of Law for Kirtland Community College, and written numerous draft opinions and research reports for the Michigan Court of Appeals as a Prehearing Division Research Attorney.

Most recently, Heather was appointed in September of 2014 to serve her community as the City Manager for the City of West Branch—a position that she greatly enjoys.  Since starting her role as City Manager, Heather has successfully overseen many important transitions for the City, including two new Mayors, four new City Council Members, a new Clerk/Treasurer, a new Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, a new Police Department Building, a new Chief of Police, and a new Airport Manager, among others.  Heather looks forward to many other exciting new changes to come, and is eager to help lead the City of West Branch into a bright and prosperous future!

John
John Dantzer
Clerk/Treasurer
 
John is a native of West Branch, born and raised.  He is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School and furthered his education at Michigan State University where he received is Bachelors Degree in Finance.

John worked 15 years for C.A. Hanes as the General Manager before accepting the position as the Clerk/Treasurer for the City of West Branch the beginning of 2015.

John, his wife Jody and three daughters Alyssa, Ashlyn and Ally are members of Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church.  He enjoys being being involved in sports, and has coached girls softball & basketball for several years on multiple skill levels.

Michelle
Michelle Frechette
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
 
Michelle was born in Warren Michigan and raised in Auburn Hills.  She graduated from Pontiac Catholic High School and went on to earn her certification in Bookkeeping from the Pontiac Business Institute holding a position on the Deans List throughout her education.  She later also earned her certification in Computer Technician from Kirtland Community College.

Michelle moved to West Branch in April 1995.  In October of that same year, she was hired by the City part-time as the Administrative Executive Assistant; a position she had held for almost 20 years.  As a part-time employee, Michelle held other employment positions over the years such as a Legal Secretary for a local law office, and many years as the Secretary for the Michigan State Police Drug Team.

In 2015, Michelle's many years of dedicated service to the City, and her extreme knowledge of the inter-office workings earned her a promotion to a full-time position as the City's Deputy Clerk/Treasurer.

Outside of spending time with her children, Jacob & Rachel, Michelle also serves as the Treasurer of the West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Vice-President of the Ogemaw Football Boosters Board.



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Bridget Charles
City Hall Office Assistant
cityhall@westbranch.com
Bridget has resided in the West Branch area her entire life, and became a resident of the city in 2000.  She is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights; and later attended Kirtland Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Business Management in 2016.

Bridget has worked within the community for many years including some of the areas finest financial institutions. During her college studies, she fulfilled her degree prerequisite as an intern for the City going above and beyond the requirements of her studies.

In 2016, Bridget's gained knowledge of municipal operations, her passion & motivation, as well as her eagerness to tackle any task big or small awarded her a full-time position as the City's newest Office Assistant.

Bridget enjoys spending time with her 4 children Jolie, Olivia, Jaime & Cliffton and uses her down time reading, bowling or throwing a game of darts.  Bridget participated in the Miss Victorian Scholorship program multiple years, and currently serves on the Summer Music Series Committee.  In addition, it is likely to see her out and about as she also gives of her time volunteering with many community projects.



 











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City of West Branch

121 N. 4th St.
West Branch, MI 48661
Ph: 989-345-0500 / Fax: 989-345-4390

Heather Grace City Manager