Mayor, Vice Mayor, and City Commissioners
Kalamazoo's City Commissioners are the elected representatives of the people of Kalamazoo. The Commission provides leadership and policy direction for the community and all municipal government activities.
The City Commission consists of five Commissioners, the Vice Mayor, and the Mayor. Commissioners serve staggered four-year terms, with three elected in each odd-year election. The commissioner receiving the most votes in each election serves the first two years of their term as Vice Mayor and the final two years as a commissioner after the selection of a new Vice Mayor. The Mayor is elected on a separate ticket in each election to serve a two-year term.
- ProfileDavid Anderson is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central and Western Michigan University and has been a city resident for 40 years. He was first elected Mayor in 2019 after having served 14 years as a City Commissioner or Vice Mayor.
- ProfileDon Cooney is serving his 11th term as a City Commissioner and 2nd term as Vice-Mayor. Cooney is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University where he has taught for 45 years.
- ProfileCommissioner Jeanne Hess was elected in 2019 after a 35-year career as professor and chair of the Physical Education Department and Volleyball Coach at Kalamazoo College. She is also a published author and volunteers with the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Ministry with Community, Diaper Bank of Kalamazoo, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Kalamazoo Communities in Schools.
- ProfileChris Praedel was first elected to the Kalamazoo City Commission in November 2019. He was born and raised in Kalamazoo and is a proud graduate of both Kalamazoo Central High School and Western Michigan University. Chris is especially passionate about literacy and our youth in our community.
- ProfileQianna Decker is a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Loy Norrix High School and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She is passionate about expanding financial literacy and creating opportunities for homeownership.
- ProfileCommissioner Hoffman is committed to serving historically underrepresented and under-served community members to ensure they are treated with the dignity, respect, and love every human being deserves. She understands the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. Her passions are housing, pay equity, and anti-racism.
- ProfileEsteven Juarez is a life long resident of Kalamazoo. He is the Director of Outreach at Urban Alliance Inc. and serves on the Executive Committee of GVI (Group Violence Intervention), a deterrent program to stop gun violence in the greater Kalamazoo area. Since 2013, he has served as one of the lead Pastors at Vanguard Church.