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Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 6:08 p.m.

Donna Dettling, Dexter village manager, withdraws name for Williamston city manager job

By Lisa Allmendinger

Dexter Village Manager Donna Dettling has withdrawn her name from consideration for the Williamston city manger’s job.

She was one of three finalists for the position that included Alan Dolley, the Williamston treasurer, and Pete Porciello, a Michigan Department of Transportation employee, according to a story in the Lansing State Journal.

“I think this is good news for the Village of Dexter,” said Council Member Jim Carson.

In a letter Tuesday to the mayor and council of Williamston, she thanked them “for the opportunity to participate in the second round of interviews, I can appreciate the emphasis on local and the desire to hire someone who lives in Williamston.”

The letter stated “My goal for applying for this position was to find out what opportunities are out there for someone with my skills, experience, education and personality. This has been a worthwhile opportunity to make an assessment of what I have to offer and evaluate where my talents will provide the most benefit and create a mutually acceptable good fit.”

Dettling wrote, “It became obvious to me during the second interview that my talents are best suited for Dexter, and therefore I’m withdrawing myself from further consideration.”

“I understand why she might want to look at what’s available, but I’m glad she decided to stay in Dexter,” Carson said.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.