Community Relations Department

Under the leadership of the Community Relations Director, the Community Relations Department provides accurate information to the public through all means of communication. The Community Relations Office is subdivided into two divisions: Communications and Broadcast Services. Each division has separate and distinct duties and responsibilities.

Contact Us

Community Relations(586) 446-2470
Melanie Davis (Community Relations Director)Email
Community RelationsStaff Directory


The Communications Division prepares publications such as the City Magazine, press releases, advertisements, brochures, pamphlets and service directories. This division also maintains and updates information on the City's website, Facebook, Instagram and employee news and information on the City's Intranet. The City's Print Shop is responsible for printing all City publications.

Public Information

Community Relations serves as the public information contact in the event of Emergency Operation Center activation. It is responsible for emergency press releases, speeches, press conferences, and coordination of rumor control.

Citizen Contact Center

One of the City's most unique programs is the "Citizen Contact Center." A Citizen Services Specialist is available for residents to contact regarding any concern or need for City information. These referrals are documented and followed up with a telephone call. Residents are also welcome to voice their input on the City's website or by phone at 586-446-CITY.

Broadcast Services

The Broadcast Services, or Sterling Heights Television Division, is responsible for the City Hall and Library public access channels. Each station offers residents an alternative to keep informed of the workings of Sterling Heights government. This division also compiles multi-media productions for broadcast on the Internet and YouTube Channel SHTV1 as well as a series of podcasts including Talk'n the Beat.

Economic Development Assistance

The Community Relations Director assists the Economic Development Manager with activities to promote general development in the City and proposes policies that produce a better community in which to live, work, and play.

Photography/Videography Disclaimer

On occasion, staff of the Community Relations, Library, and Parks & Recreation Departments may take photographs or videos of participants in our programs, parks, and/or special events. Please be aware that these are for the departments' use in future brochures, pamphlets, promotional material, social media platforms, press releases or for our local public access channel SHTV. If object to having photos of you or your family used for future publications, please notify the photographer at the time the photo or video is taken.

The City of Sterling Heights Social Media Terms of Use can be found here.