Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 4, 2013

Welcome to Princeton — New city manager takes helm


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— Congratulations are in order for Elke Doom, the new city manager for Princeton. Doom succeeds long-time city manager Wayne Shumate, and interim city manager Wanda Donahue, in the all-important city administration post.

Shumate retired last summer, and Donahue agreed to serve as city manager only on an interim basis. Doom was hired by the city last week. She comes to Princeton with an impressive record of public service. For the last four years, Doom has been the supervisor/manager of a Michigan community, Huron Township.

Huron Township is a community that is somewhat larger than Princeton with 36 square miles. It is home to approximately 16,000 residents. Three villages are within the township along with farmers and people with estates ranging from five to 10 acres.

Doom became a certified public manager at Saginaw Valley State University. She earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management at Siena Heights University, and an Associate Degree in Property Assessment Administration and an Associate Degree in Business Management from Henry Ford Community College.

Besides attending universities and a community college, Doom has also participated in a number of professional training and development seminars. The most recent ones she attended include the John F. Kennedy School of Government — Senior Executives in State and Local Government, 2012, presented at Harvard University, and the Excellence in Governance Certification Program, 2012, at the Michigan Town Governance Academy.

Doom and her husband, Bruce, are in the process of relocating to Princeton from their current home at Huron Charter Township in New Boston, Mich.

Doom met late last year with Princeton Mayor Pat Wilson, city employees and other local leaders. The group toured a number of local landmarks, including the new Princeton Public Library on Mercer Street.

“When I spoke with the mayor and I met with the department heads, the administrator of the hospital and lots of other people, I saw how they constantly interacted. They talked about their goals and moving forward,” Doom said last week. “They showed me the library, and I saw how beautiful the library is. It is a testament to the strength of the community.”

Besides being the new city manager, Doom is also the city’s first female city manager, according to Wilson.

She now joins Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson, who was hired by the Bluefield Board of Directors last September, as two of the region’s newest city administrators.

We join the city administration and its citizens in welcoming Doom to Princeton. We wish her the best of luck in the weeks and months of ahead.