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Village Manager's Role and Responsibilities

The Village Manager is the chief administrative officer of the village government and is vested with all of the administrative powers, duties, and functions of the village that are not delegated to another person by charter.  The Village Manager is appointed by the Village Council and is responsible for carrying out the following functions:

  • providing administrative support to the Village Council and other boards and commissions;
  • executing the policies formulated by the Village Council;
  • supervising and managing all services of the village;
  • enforcing local and state laws within the village;
  • making reports to the Village Council required by charter, ordinance, or resolution of the council, as well as any other reports deemed advisable by the Village Manager;
  • preparing the annual municipal budget for consideration by the Village Council and administering the budget after its adoption;
  • keeping the Village Council informed of the financial affairs of the village;
  • taking part in discussion on all matters coming before the Village Council but without the right to vote; and
  • performing such other duties as may be required by ordinance, resolution of the council, or state law.

Village Manager's Profile


Joe Young, also known as K. (Kervin) Joseph Young, a lifelong Michigan resident is Manager for the Village of Lake Orion as of April 3, 2017.


After graduating from Central Michigan University, Joe began his finance and management career at the City of Pontiac and served three spans of employment there totaling fifteen years including positions of Finance Director, Public Works Director and Deputy Mayor.  He served as Finance Director for the City of Kalamazoo for seven years; Manager of the City of Hazel Park for over four years; and most recently as Manager for the Village of Oxford for over twelve years.  He also served in financial management for the cities of Hamtramck, Hastings and the Michigan Biotechnology Institute.


Joe served on the Polly Ann Trail Management Council, North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), Oxford Chamber of Commerce and Oxford Addison Youth Assistance Board.   He is a member of the Oxford Rotary Club and is very involved with various community events including the DDA and Lone Ranger Festival in Oxford.


He currently lives in downtown Oxford with his wife, Carol, two grandsons and two dogs.


Joe is very happy, excited and thankful to be the new Manager for the Village of Lake Orion and looks forward to getting to know everyone and helping the Village prosper.