In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Millcreek City Council appointed Mike Winder to serve as City Manager. Previous City Manager John Geilmann retired in 2020, and Mayor Jeff Silvestrini has been acting as city manager during the transition.
“Since his appointment as Assistant City Manager, Mike has gained the confidence of all of our city department heads and the members of the city council,” said Mayor Silvestrini. “He has and will continue to serve our business community as Economic Development Director.” The mayor continued, “Mike has been innovative and has demonstrated superior skills and a collaborative temperament. I look forward to working with Mike in this expanded role and I am confident that we will remain a great team serving the interests of our residents.”
Winder has been Millcreek’s Assistant City Manager since January and has served as the city’s Economic Development Director since February 2018, a role he will continue in addition to his new responsibilities. He brings previous municipal experience as West Valley City’s business development manager, city councilman, and mayor, where he chaired the Salt Lake Valley Conference of Mayors and was president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He holds an Honors BA and MBA from the University of Utah and completed an executive program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
The city manager appointment takes effect March 7, 2022, following the conclusion of Utah’s legislative session. Winder is a member of the Utah House of Representatives and announced that with this new position he will complete his third term, but not seek reelection in 2022.
“I have enjoyed my fourteen years in elected office, and I will dearly miss the great people I serve within the legislature,” Winder said. “However, I love local government and as Utah’s newest city there are tremendous opportunities at Millcreek. I’m excited to continue my work with the amazing team and community here,” he said.
“Representative Winder is a devoted public servant who is deeply dedicated to his work,” said Speaker Brad Wilson. “During his time in the House, Representative Winder has been a strong advocate for mental health, apprenticeship programs, education, and the Jordan River corridor. While he will be missed in the Legislature, I know he will continue to find ways to serve his community and the state beyond this role.”