A lifelong resident of Michigan, Gregg Guetschow was born and lived the first six years of his life in Kalamazoo. Following kindergarten, his family moved to a home just north of Plainwell in Allegan County.
Following graduation from Plainwell High School where he was a member of the band and the National Honor Society, Gregg attended Western Michigan University. He majored in both Political Science and Sociology. Having decided to pursue a career in city management, he enrolled in Western’s recently established Master of Public Administration program.
Gregg’s professional employment started in the final semester of his master’s degree studies with an internship in the city manager’s office in Otsego. Following graduation, he was retained by the city as an administrative assistant. His work for Otsego involved assisting the city manager and other department heads with special projects including preparing the annual budget and securing a grant for housing rehabilitation.
In 1979, Gregg was appointed to the newly created position of village manager in Dundee. This position was followed by stints as city manager in Hillsdale (1981-1989) and Owosso (1989-2007).
During his time in Owosso, Gregg began studies toward a Ph.D. degree in Public Affairs and Administration, also from Western Michigan University. He was awarded this degree in 2007. The title of his dissertation was “Coordination, Collaboration and Culture: Local Economic Development in a Time of Networks” and reported the results of interviews with officials involved in economic development in seven Michigan communities.
Following his employment in Owosso, Gregg was self-employed as a consultant. In this capacity he was hired as interim city manager in Charlotte in September 2007. The following February, he was appointed to the city manager’s position on a full-time basis.
In addition to his duties as Charlotte city manager, Gregg was an adjunct professor of political science with Baker College of Owosso teaching the course “American Political System” from 2007 to 2010. Since 2010, he has served as a county advisor for the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program held at Michigan State University. In that role, he has organized high school girls into simulated local governments where they learn about government by solving real-world problems.
Gregg is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Michigan Local Government Management Association.