Lawry leaving as Chocolay Township manager

Steve Lawry

HARVEY — Chocolay Township Manager Steve Lawry will retire from that position effective Dec. 29.

“I am resigning for a variety of reasons, principally other demands on my time and growth in the demands of this position that no longer make it practical to try to accomplish it as a part time (3 days/week) position,” Lawry said in an email. “The township needs someone who can devote full time to the position and that is more than I presently have available.”

He said the proposed 2018 budget provides for a starting salary of up to $75,000, with compensation to be decided by the township board in negotiation with its selected candidate.

Lawry, who has worked for Chocolay Township for 7¢ years, said that being township manager was “extremely rewarding.”

“The staff is extremely dedicated and hardworking and I will miss them greatly,” Lawry said. “I have had the opportunity to meet and work with a number of wonderful and helpful residents of the Township but regret that my schedule did not permit me to become more involved in the Township business community and its efforts to revitalize itself.

“I am thankful to those who continue to invest their time and talent in this community and to those that recognize the potential of Chocolay to be even more and are willing to invest in new and expanded businesses and other efforts within the Township to help realize those goals.”

Lawry said he is proud to have been part of a team that expanded the multiuse path system within the township, completed miles of road improvements and is preparing to address additional mileage with a newly authorized road millage.

“The township also completed construction of an exemplary fire station, completed a new master plan and upgrades to recreation areas, is taking steps to invest in its sewer collection system and has won awards for effective policing all while maintaining a stable budget and taxes and excellent relationships with neighboring jurisdictions,” Lawry said. “Like other local governments, Chocolay has been challenged financially, but it has been able to cope without cutting public services.”

The township manager position is posted on the township website at under the Employment tab in the Township Government section.

The position calls for each applicant to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration, engineering or equivalent background. Three years experience in public sector management also is required.

Candidates must submit the application form, resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to the Township Supervisor, Charter Township of Chocolay, 5010 U.S. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855, or email An application form also can be obtained at the township office.

Applications must be received at the township office by 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is