Ottenwess worked for Ishpeming for three years and as a city manager in Trenton, Fla., for five years.
“I’m a young manager, but I’m not inexperienced,” Ottenwess said.
He told commissioners Ishpeming has an organizational structure similar to Traverse City but with fewer employees in the departments.
“The concepts are the same, it’s a matter of scale,” Ottenwess said.
Ottenwess told the Record-Eagle his first priority for Traverse City is to complete a contract.
“(Then) I’ll start thinking through the details of the first months on the job, getting to know people and the goals of the commission.”