City of Harper Woods
19617 Harper, Harper Woods, MI 48225
         City Council  -  313-343-2505



Kenneth A. Poynter, Mayor  (1997 - )

  •      Elected November 7, 2017

  •      Term expires November 12, 2019

  •      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 7, 2017

Term Expires November 8, 2021

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  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

Mayor Pro tem           

Elected November 7, 2017

Term Expires November 8, 2021

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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 Council

Elected November 3, 2015

Term Expires November 12, 2019

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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

Will Smith

City Council

Appointed: December 10, 2018

Partial Term Expires: November 12, 2019

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Tom Jenny

Council Member

Elected November 3, 2015

Term Expires November 12, 2019

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Biographical sketch:

Resident of Harper Woods since 1998.  Married with three children.  I have been employed with the City of Grosse Pointe Woods for over 23 years. I have been Union President and Vice-President as well as President and Vice President of PTO and have started a Dad's Club within my children's elementary school and am currently the Commander of the Sons of the Amvets Post 57 in Harper Woods.


I have served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Local Officers Compensation Committee and have remained active in the community helping as a coach for my kids' sports teams with our Parks and Recreation Department.


Quote:  I am most honored to represent my neighbors as a councilperson.  My goal is to remain available to the residents and assist in making our community the best it can be.


Veronica Paiz

Council member

Elected November 3, 2015

Term expires November 12, 2019

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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

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City Council Minutes

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City Council Salary

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