Council Members


Councilmembers:  Baker | Blanchard | Gavin | HennenKideckel | Steadman | 


Steven W. Baker
Mayor Pro Tem 

Steve Baker was elected to City Council in November 2009. He and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for well over twenty years. Steve leads the IT strategy and innovation agenda for DTE Energy, where he oversees IT-related interaction and outreach, strategic alignment and integration, and innovation and feasibility on behalf of the company.

Steve holds a bachelors of science degree in computer science and masters of science in software engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), and also a published author, conference speaker, and Six-Sigma Black Belt candidate.

Mr. Baker has been active in the following organizations:

  • Council Liaison, Berkley Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
  • Council Liaison, Berkley Historical Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Michigan Municipal League (MML)
  • Board of Directors, FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
  • Voting Member, Woodward Ave. Transit Analysis Steering Committee
  • Energy and Technology Committee, Michigan Municipal League
  • Legislative Governance Committee, Michigan Municipal League
  • Project Management Institute
  • International Association of Facilitators
  • Supporter of the Friends of the Berkley Public Library, the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation, and the Berkley Junior Womens Club, among others


Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard was appointed to the City Council in December 2011 and re-elected in 2013. He and his wife Barbara have lived in the city since 1978. Their two sons graduated from Berkley High. Before being on City Council, he was very active with the school district serving on the facilities committee. Jack received a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University.

He retired from the United States Army Reserve in 1995 after serving 30 years. Jack also retired from General Motors Powertrain Engineering where he was the Assistant Chief Engineer for Diesel Engines. He currently works as a consultant with Captains Three Marine Services on diesel engines and as a GM Fleet Product Specialist.

Jack has been active in the following organizations:

  • Michigan PTA - Distinquished Service Award recipient
  • International Armed Forces Council 2017 Achievement Award Winner
  • Great Lakes Captains Association
  • Berkley Public Safety as a volunteer fire fighter for 32 years
  • Certified by the Michigan State Police as a Professional Emergency Manager
  • Currently serves on the Oakland County Incident Management Team
  • City Council liaison to the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce

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Ross Gavin


Ross Gavin was appointed to City Council in December 2017. He and his wife Allie were drawn to Berkley because of the strong sense of community and excellent schools. They have lived in Berkley since 2015 and have a son, Isaac. Ross is currently Deputy Treasurer for Public Policy and Outreach in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office. Having been in the position since 2013, Ross primarily deals with the legislative priorities and legal issues of the Treasurer’s Office.

Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Albion College and a master’s degree in Political Science and law degree from Wayne State University. He is a current and active member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Ross has been active in the following organizations:

  • Board Member of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
  • Treasurer of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
  • Chair of the Finance and Organization Committees for the Berkley Downtown Development Authority
  • Member of the Coolidge Avenue Action Task Force
  • Committee Member of the Berkley Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Infrastructure Improvements
  • Vice Chair of the Parents of Little Oaks Child Development Center



Dennis S. Hennen


Dennis S Hennen was elected to City Council in 2017. He moved to Berkley in 2011 with his wife Jennifer after an exhaustive search of area communities convinced them that Berkley was the ideal city due to its location, schools, services and small-town feel.

He received BS degrees from Lipscomb University in Mathematics and Computer Science and a master’s degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University. He has worked for many small to medium sized startups, currently working for Seller Labs based in Athens, Georgia. He also owns his own technology consulting firm.

Dennis has been active with the following organizations: 

  • Officer of the non-profit Berkley Citizens United, working to educate residents and preserve the city.
  • A leader of WOOSE, an organization that protected communities surrounding a university airport from aggressive commercial expansion.
  • Active member, volunteer, and leader at the Royal Oak Church of Christ. 


Alan H. Kideckel

Alan H. Kideckel was elected to City Council in November 2011. He and his late wife Andrea purchased their first home in Berkley over 24 years ago. Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Wayne State University. Alan has had his Life, Health and Disability Insurance license since 1984. He received his Property and Casualty Insurance license in 2013. He is currently an Account Executive for Financial Services of America.

Alan has been an active member of the following organizations:

  • Berkley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board- Member for six years, Chairperson 5 1/2 years
  • Member, Friends of the Berkley Parks and Recreation
  • Chairperson of the committee that created The Berkley Buzz
  • Council Liaison, Berkley CruiseFest Committee
  • Council Liaison, Berkley Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Berkley Citizens Committee
  • Board Member, Berkley Huntington Woods Youth Assistance
  • Creator and Chairperson, Taste of Berkley
  • Advisory Board, Tri-Community Coalition
  • President, Berkley Lions Club
  • Publicity Chairperson for the Berkley Gazebo Historical Memorial Walk Ad Hoc Committee
  • Member, Municipal Services Committee, Michigan Municipal League (MML)
  • Member, Sons of the American Legion, Stanley J. Fons Post 374


Eileen Steadman

Eileen Steadman has been a resident of Berkley since 1976. She is the mother of four daughters, all graduates of Berkley High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her master's degree from Oakland University. She taught special education classes in the Royal Oak School district, first at the high school level, then middle school, then preschool. When she retired she ran a parent-toddler program for children age birth to three with mild to moderate delays where parents brought their children to school. The program won an award for Best Program in Michigan from the Michigan Speech and Hearing Association.

Eileen was first elected to city council in 1997 and has been serving ever since. Before becoming involved with the City of Berkley, she was active in the Rogers School PTA and Berkley Area PTA Council, serving as president of both. She has served on the Planning Commission and various city committees. She is currently the Council liaison to the Library Board and the Beautification Committee. She is also a member of the ad hoc committee to "reimagine city hall" due to the relocation of our court to Royal Oak. During her tenure on the City Council, she has been a part of making decisions that led to the City of Berkley receiving numerous awards, including the recent selection by Money Magazine as # 28 out of the top fifty best places to live in America for 2015, the only city in Michigan to be named.

Eileen has been an active member of the following organizations:

  • Berkley Parent Teacher's Association
  • Served as Rogers' School PTA President
  • Served as Berkley PTA Council President
  • Member of the Berkley Planning Commission
  • Member of the 12 Mile Road Ad Hoc Committee
  • Council liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Member of the Friends of the Library

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