City of Harper Woods
19617 Harper, Harper Woods, MI 48225
         City Council


Kenneth A. Poynter, Mayor  (1997 - 2015)

  •      Elected November 5, 2013

  •      Term expires November 9, 2015

  •      Parents moved to Gratiot Township
         (now Harper Woods) 
    in 1940

  •      Harper Woods High School Graduate

  •      College degrees from Valparaiso University,
         Purdue University, and Wayne State University

  •      Harper Woods School Board member, 1982-97
         as President or Vice President

  •      Harper Woods Mayor since 1997

  •      Retired from public school education (over 40 years)

Quote: "It is an honor and privilege to serve you and our community.  I appreciate the trust and support that you have given me over the years and I hope to always be able to provide you with dedicated, experienced leadership that is approachable, responsible, innovative and accountable."

Contact Mayor Poynter at


Vivian M. Sawicki

City Councilwoman

Elected November 5, 2013

Term Expires November 14, 2017

Contact Councilwoman Sawicki at  

  Biographical Sketch:

  • Married 25 years to Michael, three children

  • Harper Woods resident/homeowner since 1987

  • Full-time teacher and forensics team coach, Regina High School

  • Former girl scout leader at Beacon School and Tyrone School for 9 years

  • Substitute teacher Harper Woods School District

  • As a City Council member for Harper Woods, Mrs. Sawicki also serves on the Board/Commissions Nominating Committee, Ordinance Committee and the Beautification Commission and was our city representative to the Grosse Pointe-HarperWoods Futuring Committee.

  • Mrs. Sawicki is very proud of the work she has been involved in to improve our community, most notably in promoting safe and upgraded playground equipment in our parks; improving the city's infrastructure in roads, sewers and sidewalks; and providing excellent city services in an ever tightening economy.

Quote: "I am honored to serve the City of Harper Woods as a councilwoman.  Thank you for the opportunity and trust you have given to me to carry your concerns to the Council and get things done for this fine community.  I hope to keep your faith and continue to serve the people of Harper Woods as we face the challenges of the future."


Valerie Kindle

City Councilwoman           

Elected November 5, 2013

Term Expires November 14, 2017

Contact Councilwoman Kindle at


Biographical Sketch:

  • Happily Divorced Mother of two sons

  •  Has lived in Harper Woods since 2002

  • Former Michigan Works Case Manager

  • Retired State of Michigan Delinquency worker.

  • Before becoming a Harper Woods Councilwomen, I served on the Planning Commission, Ordinance Committee and serve as the Vice President of the Friends of Harper Woods Public Library.  I am also the President of my Home Owner's Association.  After my election to City Council I am still actively involved in all the committees stated above


Quote:  "I am so pleased and honored to serve our community as a City Councilmember.  I WILL continue to serve to keep and improve the quality of life issues and to sustain our city economy."


Cheryl A. Costantino

City Councilwoman

Elected November 8, 2011

Term Expires November 9, 2015

Contact Councilwoman Costantino at

Biographical Sketch:

  • Married/Mother

  • U.S. Army Veteran

  • Middle School Administrator

  • Three terms served as Mayor Pro tem

  • Dedicated to serving the residents of Harper Woods


Hugh R. Marshall

City Councilman

Elected: November 5, 2013

Term Expires: November 14, 2017

Conctact Councilmember Marshall -

Biographical Sketch:

Education: Bachelor of Public Relations, Mt. St. Vincent University 1986, Baccalaureate of Laws, University of Windsor 1989, Juris Doctor, University of Detroit, 1990.

Occupation: Practicing lawyer for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of protecting abused and neglected children, elder law - guardianships, mental health and estate planning, and also criminal law.

Qualifications & Experience: First elected to council in 1997 and have served on various boards including PAATS, Clinton-Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods Refuse Authority and Harper Woods Employee Pension Board. Legal training in taxation, codes and ordinances, and municipal financing. Member of several Law Associations and continuing legal education.


Charles Flanagan

Council Member

Elected November 8, 2011

Term Expires November 9,  2015

Contact Councilman Flanagan at

Biographical sketch:

Harper Woods resident for 11 years

Detroit Police Lieutenant, Special Operations - 27 year veteran

Bishop Gallagher High School graduate - 1976

BS - Michigan State University - 1980

MS - Eastern Michigan University - 2007

Graduate of 15th Class of Police Staff and Command - Eastern Michigan University - 2003

Part-time Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice - Macomb Community College

Divorced father of 2 daughters


"I thank the voters who supported my platform, which includes a public safety concept, increased community involvement and economic development."


Veronica Paiz

Council member

Appointed January 12, 2015

Term expires November 9, 2015

Contact Councilwoman Paiz at

Biographical Sketch:

  Harper Woods resident and homeowner since 1999

  Delegate, Precinct 5

  Have served as Harper Woods Public Library Board trustee and member of Recreation Advisory Board


  Bachelor and Masters degrees from Wayne State University and New York University and studies with Smithsonian Institution

Work Experience:

  Securing $50,000 in CDBG funds, coordinating a community festival that attracted over 10,000 people, and designing and implementing a University of Michigan Musical Society teachers cultural workshop.


I am privileged to represent Harper Woods residents on City Council.  I encourage active community participation at Council meetings, and on City boards and commissions.  Please contact me about your community concerns.  Together we can effect positive growth and development for our City. 


City Council Agendas

*    Agendas are posted on the Friday prior to a
     City Council meeting on the Agenda/Minutes page.

City Council Minutes

*    Minutes are posted on the Agenda/Minutes Page


City Council Salary

*    City Council's salary is recommended by the
      Local Officers Compensation Commission. 
      For a copy of the minutes where they
      recommend salary levels, click here.

*    Click here to see the ordinance establishing the Local Officers Compensation Commission, and their

 City Council Links

*    8 Mile Blvd. Association
*    Michigan Municipal League
*    National League of Cities
*    Southeast MI Council of Governments

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