Mt. Pleasant welcomes new city manager, Aaron Desentz

Recently appointed Mt. Pleasant City Manager Aaron Desentz says he is looking forward to building a healthy relationship with the community and sharing combined accomplishments benefiting Mt. Pleasant through his new position.

He joined the City of Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 18, taking over from Nancy Ridley who retired after 24 years of working with the city.

The former Eaton Rapids City Manager is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds a bachelor's degree in criminology and a master's degree in public administration.

“Having solid communication skills and being able to convey, oftentimes, very complex ideas into something that anyone can understand is very important,” Desentz says.

He says building great relationships and having effective reasoning and problem-solving skills are also essential qualities in his role as city manager.

“At the end of the day, you have to keep a neutral and open process for anyone that is able to come in and weigh in on an issue,” Desentz said. “Trust that that process is fair and what is right.”

He and his wife have recently closed on a house and will soon be moving from their home in Lansing to Mt. Pleasant. In his spare time, Desentz says he likes to have a workout routine to help him unwind from work and move forward in stressful situations.
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Danielle Patrick is a Chesterfield resident who finds passion in writing about the Mt. Pleasant community. In addition to her freelance work with Epicenter Mt. Pleasant, she also journals for Ignite Donuts and is an editor for Grand Central Magazine. She is set to graduate from Central Michigan University in Dec. 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Follow her on Instagram @_daniellepatrick_.