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May 4, 2013

New Kingsley village manager to start soon

KINGSLEY — Kingsley’s village manager of six years left the job to be closer to home.

Adam Umbrasas recently took a job as village manager of downstate Three Oaks, where he spent most of his weekends with family, said Kingsley Village Clerk Karen Send.

Mitchell Foster, a Michigander who is graduating with a master’s degree in public administration from a college in Reno, Nev., will replace Umbrasas. He starts May 28.

Umbrasas started in Kingsley straight out of college. Among his accomplishments were sewer and water main upgrades, street maintenance, oversight of the library, and upgrades to Brownson Memorial Park. He wanted visitors to take advantage of Kingsley’s resources, and assisted in creating the village’s website and social media presence.

“He will be so missed. He was a bigger-than-life personality,” Send said. “People came to talk. People came to complain. People came to ask his opinion. He really made himself a presence within this village.”

There are no major projects slated for this summer. Umbrasas thought it was a good time for a new manager to take over, Send said.

She referred to Umbrasas as “hands-on.” He was known to jump in a pit when a water main broke.

Staffers are confident Foster can meet the public’s needs.

“We’re a small community,” Send said. “It’s not that we don’t have issues, troubles, problems or anything else like any other community. But he can do it.”

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