City Manager

james_freedUnder the City Charter Mr. Freed serves as City Manager, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Port Huron, MI.

At the direction of the Mayor and City Council, Mr. Freed provides leadership to all City staff. Mr. Freed oversees the daily operations of the City. In addition to day to day management, Mr. Freed, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council develops annual operating budgets, plans long term capital improvement projects, and oversees project development and project execution.

Mr. Freed has a decade of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. This gives him a unique perspective on local government, as well as the needs of the business community.

Mr. Freed holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in Marion, Indiana, with an emphasis in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwood University DeVos Graduate School. Mr. Freed has authored numerous papers on local public policy and its affect on international relations, social work and the social and economic needs of rural and low income populations.

In addition to his formal education, Mr. Freed has proven experience in economic development, community development, government administration, fiscal policy, grant writing, collective bargaining negotiations, project management, environmental protection, and constituent relations.

Mr. Freed believes strongly that regular communication with local businesses and residents is essential to good government – and maintains an open door policy. If you ever have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact his office. 

The City of Port Huron operates under a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and City Council appoint the City Manager. The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City. The Mayor and City Council exclusively hold and exercise all policy forming and legislative functions and have all powers and rights relative to control of City property. The City Manager provides Mayor and Council with professional management expertise by providing background on issues, proposes alternatives, and recommends courses of actions.

Under a system of local government called the council-manager form, elected officials are the policy makers who establish a vision for the City, and who hire the manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are being equitably served. The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services to residents. By building public/private partnerships, managers target all of a community’s resources to solve problems.

Additionally, the City Manager works with all the City’s elected officials as they develop policies. The Manager ensures that laws and policies approved by City Council are equitably enforced throughout the city. The Manager also seeks feedback from residents and members of the business community to address and solve problems, prepares the annual budget, submits it to Council for approval, and implements it once it is approved. Further, the City Manager supervises department heads, administrative personnel, and other employees, and also performs some ombudsman duties by investigating resident complaints and problems within the administrative organization and recommends changes to elected officials. In general, the City Manager manages the day-to-day operations of the City. 

You can contact City Administration and Staff using

James Freed
City Manager
100 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060