As a City Council appointee, Neal G. Berlin was first appointed to the Commission in January 2007. For over 35 years he served local governments as a city manager; including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Arvada, Colorado; Iowa City, Iowa and Hanover, New Hampshire. Major responsibilities included oversight of Police and Fire operations and personnel administration. His primary professional interests are organizational change, responsiveness to citizens, effective and prudent financial management and consensus building. Commissioner Berlin served in the U.S. Army. Commissioner Berlin received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.
He has undertaken additional academic work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, American University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. Commissioner Berlin works to improve the lives of persons who are challenged with developmental disabilities. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance and Personnel Committee of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center in Lakewood that provides services to persons with developmental disabilities in four counties. His term expires 12/31/2014.