Jaymes Vettraino provides municipal management consulting services to communities. His focus is on assisting with employee recruitment, financial planning, operational management, community relations and economic development.
Prior to starting his consulting service, Jaymes spent 17 years as a City Manager, most recently as the City Manager of Rochester, MI. In Rochester, he had the opportunity to lead a dynamic management team to simultaneously reduce expenses and increase the level of community service during years of the “great recession.” During his time as the Manager of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Vettraino had the opportunity to lead the college town in the development of its own fiber optic network and improve its relations with Kutztown University. Mr. Vettraino also had the chance to be the first Manager of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, where he led the community in creating a city manager form of government and implemented many grant funded quality of life improvement initiatives and projects.
Mr. Vettraino believes that great local communities are the foundation of our lives. Through his facilitative style and technical knowledge of local government, he excels at problem solving and consensus building.
In 2015, Mr. Vettraino joined Rochester College as its first Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and as an Assistant Professor, where he is accelerating the College’s development of students that have a passion for working in the social and community service sector. Mr. Vettraino has designed the new degree program and developed a network of community partners throughout southeast Michigan. In addition to teaching Social Entrepreneurship and Management classes, Mr. Vettraino manages special projects for the College, including the recent construction of a new Athletic Field House. Mr. Vettraino was also recently elected by his peers to be a faculty representative on the Rochester College President search committee.
Mr. Vettraino has presented at several state and national conferences, including, the National League of Cities, the American Public Power Association, National Main Street Conference and the Michigan Local Government Management Association. He has also provided testimony advocating local government interests before the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.
Throughout his professional career Mr. Vettraino has been a member and held leadership positions in several professional associations, including, the International City and County Managers Association, the Michigan Local Government Management Association, Leadership Oakland County, Pennsylvania Association of Municipal Managers, the American Public Power Association and the Pennsylvania Electric Association.
Mr. Vettraino holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University. He was recently selected as one of “Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40” and has been honored by the Michigan Municipal League with its “Outstanding Service Award.” Mr. Vettraino enjoys spending time traveling the state of Michigan with his wife and two children and coaching various community academic and sports teams.