Human Resources

Zac VanOsdol, Human Resources Manager

About Grand Haven

The Grand Haven area and Northern Ottawa County is one of the most historically significant areas in the state of Michigan, with its history dating back over 300 years.  This lakeshore town has a 1.5 mile boardwalk that spans from downtown Grand Haven to Lake Michigan.  The City has a population of 11,000, giving the city a small town feeling while still giving residents and visitors plenty to explore and experience.

Each year this area welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to its vacation playground.  Grand Haven boasts the name “Coast Guard City, USA” as it hosts an annual Coast Guard Festival that attracts 580,000 people each year.  The convenient location and never-too-warm summer climate have made it a mecca for sportsmen and vacationers.  Even though the area comes alive in the summer, there is plenty to do in the fall, winter, and spring through the thousands of acres of parks, including downhill skiing at Mulligan’s Hollow. Grand Haven is truly a pleasant place in which to live and visit.

About the City

The City has eight departments, which are City Council, City Manager’s Office, Finance, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Safety, Community Development, Airport, and City Clerk.  There are also several affiliates, such as the Sewer Authority, Main Street, Northwest Ottawa Water System, and others.  We have around 200 employees that are resident and visitor-orientated and provide the best service possible. The city has an operating budget of $47 million.

Purpose and Values

What is the purpose of city government?

It’s a group of people responsible for their community to generate growth (population and economic gains) and manage resources. That is what the city employees have been charged with doing and we intend to do our best!

We value respectfulness  We respect each other’s values, differences, and contributions.

We value diversity  We welcome, honor, and respect the differences between us all.

We value ethics  We strive to do the right thing, even if its hard.

We value service  We value our citizens and visitors so we empower our employees to solve problems.

We value professionalism  We are qualified, skilled, and committed to our citizens and visitors.

Click here to view the current city goals, as set by City Council.

Working for the City

If you also believe in our purpose and values, we would love to have you join our team. You can apply electronically by clicking here and creating an account.

We regularly have our wages reviewed to ensure we are able to attract and retain the best talent, without compromising tax dollars.  Our benefits include:

  • Retirement pension
  • Retirement Defined Contribution account with a contribution match
  • Health Care Savings Plan with a contribution match
  • Health and dental insurance (premium share with the city)
  • Vision stipend
  • 457 retirement account and ROTH IRA are available
  • City paid short and long term disability plans
  • Life insurance, along with the option to purchase additional
  • And more!

Please note that this is summary information and may be at cost to the employee.  Consult the collective bargaining agreement or city policies for more information. Benefits may not be available to part-time employees.

The City of Grand Haven is an equal opportunity and E-Verify participating employer.

Personnel Policy
Organizational Chart
Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan
Employment Opportunities

Contact Information
City of Grand Haven
Human Resources
519 Washington Avenue
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Phone: 616-847-4887
Fax: 616-935-3265