Kalamazoo City Commission
City Commissioners are elected representatives of the citizens of Kalamazoo. The City Commission provides leadership and policy direction for the community and all municipal government activities with a focus on the long-term financial stability of the city and identification of community priorities.
(Clockwise from top-left: Commissioners Shannon Sykes, Erin Knott, Jack Urban, Matt Milcarek, David Anderson, Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Vice Mayor Don Cooney)
In November 2014, voters approved five amendments to the Kalamazoo City Charter that change the way citizens fill positions on the City Commission. Beginning in 2017, City Commissioners will be elected to staggered four-year terms, with three Commissioners elected every two years. The Mayor will be elected on a separate ticket to serve a two-year term, and the Commission candidate receiving the most votes at each election will serve as Vice Mayor (this office will change at each election, the Vice Mayor will serve the final two years of their term as Commissioner). Elections will continue to be held in each odd-numbered year.
Voters will elect all six commissioners in 2015 as we transition to the new electoral process. The three Commission candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to serve four-year terms. The remaining three will serve for two-years. The office of mayor will be elected separately beginning in 2015.
Appointees/Boards and Commissions
The City Commission appoints and directs the activities of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Assessor and Internal Auditor. The Commission also appoints boards and commissions to serve as advisors to the Commission.
The City Commission meets on the first and third Monday of each month, although schedules are subject to change due to holidays and special meetings. Click here for more information on City Commission meetings.