Meet the City Manager
The City Manager’s Office is responsible for the executive management of the day to day operations of the City of St Clair Shores. The City Manager provides leadership, vision, and direction to all employees for accomplishing the goals and objectives of the City Council and our residents. The Manager works with City Council and administrative staff to implement strategic and financial planning objectives.
The City Manager’s Office serves in a highly visible capacity as an ambassador for the community by interacting and assisting with general concerns, problems or questions. The Manager works with Mayor and Council and city staff to respond to requests for information. Duties include general administration, organizational development, community relations, intergovernmental relations, council support/relations, and city budget and financial planning.
The City Manager’s Office is also responsible for the Human Resource and Labor Relations for all city employees and is also responsible for all Building Maintenance operations within the City.
Matthew Coppler, who joined St Clair Shores in October 2019 as City Manager, comes to us by way of Lincoln Park where he served as City Manager for four years. Prior to that Matt was the Town Manager of Enfield, Connecticut for nine years. Matt graduated from Bowling Green University with a background in Public Administration, Local Government Management, and Economic Development. Matt’s life has been steeped in community service with over 28 years in city management and multiple community organizations. He is always happy to engage with the community on ways to improve the quality of life in St Clair Shores.
Assistant City Manager, Bill Gambill, has been with the City of St Clair Shores since 2015. Bill graduated from Wayne State University with degrees in Public Administration and Political Science. Prior to joining the St Clair Shores administrative team, Bill worked for the cities of Detroit and Warren where he implemented multiple energy savings plans and secured a multitude of grants.
Natalie Turner, who has been the Executive Assistant in the Manager’s Office since 1999, was previous employed in the medical, legal and the federal government fields. Natalie attended Macomb Community College. Natalie handles a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks for the City Manager’s Office ensuring and maintaining the smooth operation in all areas of the office while striving to deliver outstanding customer service.
The City Manager’s Office strives to achieve positive outcomes when residents request assistance on an issue or voice a concern and is proud to maintain an open-door policy.
View the organizational chart of the city.