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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Robert Belleman Begins Job as New East Lansing City Manager

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Monday, Sept. 25, Robert Belleman began his position as the City of East Lansing’s new City Manager. He takes over from Interim City Manager Randy Talifarro who has served in the role since February. 

Belleman brings to the role 30 years of professional experience as a municipal administrator, including having served as the City Manager of Bay City from 2003-2013. Bay City has a population of 34,950 people and 320 full-time employees. Belleman most recently served for 10 years as the chief administrative officer and controller for Saginaw County, which has a population of approximately 188,000 people. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree from Oakland University.

“There are so many great events in this City and I am looking forward to meeting the community at them,” Belleman said. “I want community members to know that as I begin this new endeavor, I will strive to do what is in the best interests of the City of East Lansing, its residents and business owners.”

Belleman grew up in the City of Detroit, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Amy, have three children and two rescue dogs.

Belleman encourages community members to get involved by attending City events, including public meetings. For those who have questions or comments, please contact the City Manager’s office at (517) 319-6920 or by email at

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