Office the Village Manager

Shay P. Gallagher currently serves as the Sparta Village Manager.

Village Government

The council-manager form of government combines the strong political leadership of an elected council with the strong managerial experience of an appoint village or city manager. The council retains all the power and authority to set and pursue policy and policy changes.

This form of government has become the most popular structure of local government within the United States. This style of governing was born out of the progressive reform era at the turn of the 20th century.

About the Village Manager

Shay P. Gallagher was named the Village Manager in November 2020, succeeding Julius Suchy's 6 years in the position.

As provided by ordinance, the Village Manager advises the Village President and Village Council on policy decisions and acts as Chief Administrative Officer, supervising the activities of all department heads and directing the day-to-day operations of the Village. Managerial duties also include preparing the annual budget, overseeing the collective bargaining process, addressing residents and businesses concerns and developing possible solutions to the problems that arise in the course of day-to-day operations in the Village. The manager also works with state and federal agencies as needed.

The Village Manager's Contact Information is listed below:

Phone: (616) 887-8251
Fax: (616) 887-1114
Email: Shay P. Gallagher