Andrew Krenz appointed to open seat
Posted on 04/29/2021
Andrew Krenz is sworn into office by Judge James Plakas.Five highly qualified Northville residents came before City Council at a special meeting April 22 to state why they wanted to serve on City Council in the open seat formerly held by Sam Ekong. Candidates were James C. Allen, Joseph Corriveau, Philip Goodman, Andrew Krenz and Ryan McKindles.

Each of the candidates was given five minutes to explain their interest in the open position and why they were qualified to fill the role. Previously, they had submitted letters of interest for the open position. All qualified individuals who met the deadline (five out of seven) were invited to present their case for serving.

After first voting 2-2 (Krenz and Jim Allen), council members voted 3-1 for Krenz. Mayor Brian Turnbull and other council members thanked all the candidates and invited them to stay involved in the city.

Krenz was sworn in on April 27 in council chambers by 35th District Judge James Plakas. The small group in attendance included Krenz’s family, the mayor, City Council members Barbara Moroski-Browne and Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Price, City Manager Pat Sullivan and City Clerk Dianne Massa.

Krenz lives at 541 Linden Court with his wife and three children. An engineer by profession, he works at GM as a team leader in the development of battery-powered vehicles. He has two Master’s degrees: in Business Administration and International Business, and in Engineering, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Material Science Engineering.

He leads the Farmers’ Market Task Force, a group of 15 people. As a member of the Planning Commission, he supported the FAR ordinance and was instrumental in getting front porch incentive passed. He also served on the Subcommittee for Public Input into the master plan subarea update, and said there was ample outreach, which led to 300 pages of citizen and community input. He said that he has listened to the community, stating, “I know the pulse of this city.”

He cited Northville’s commitment to sustainability, history and walkability, and wants to help advance efforts on those fronts. He noted that Northville is aging rapidly and he would like to see more families with children move into the city.

See video of City Council special meeting here.

Four members of City Council with Judge Plakas

From left, Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Price, City Council Member Andrew Krenz, Judge James Plakas, City Council Member Barbara Moroski-Browne and Mayor Brian Turnbull.