City Manager

City Manager Thad Beard

City Government 

The City of Rockford operates under the city council/city manager form of government. This structure combines the strong political leadership of an elected council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed city manager. The city council is responsible for establishing laws, policies, and budget for the city. The city manager is appointed by the city council to oversee day-to-day operations of the city, budget preparation, personnel decisions, policy implementation, and ordinance enforcement. 
About the City Manager
Thad Beard was appointed as the City of Rockford’s City Manager on September 8, 2017. Thad came to Rockford from the City of Otsego where he was the City Manager for 17 years. Prior to the City of Otsego he was the Assistant Manager for the City of Wayland for three years. Thad grew up in Kalamazoo, attended Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing for his undergraduate degree and received a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.