Kalamazoo's City Commissioners are the elected representatives of the citizens of Kalamazoo. The 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 the identification of community priorities. 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.
The 51st City Commission
City Commissioners can be contacted directly as indicated below or by contacting the City Managers Office at 269-337-8047. Correspondence may also be sent to City Hall at 241 W. South St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell has spent his entire career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he has demonstrated leadership and a passion for improving the lives of all citizens in Kalamazoo.
Mayor Hopewell currently serves as President and CEO of Mobile Health Resources (MHR). He has previously served as the Administrative Director of the Borgess Health Park and as the Community Relations Manager for Bronson Healthcare Group, where he was actively involved in community health improvement and wellness efforts.
Since Mayor Hopewell was first elected to the Kalamazoo City Commission in 2003, has focused on comprehensive community development, public safety services, accountability, equality, innovation, and efforts to prepare young people for the world. He has also served with distinction in many other community organizations including chairing the Planning Commission (1995-1999) and the Kalamazoo Charter Review Committee (1997-1999), and as a member of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation Community Investment Committee (2002-2003), The Learning Network, and the Douglas Community Association.
Mayor Hopewell has also been actively involved with organizations that are dedicated to local economic development. He served on the boards of both the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce (1998-2001 and 2003-2004) and the Northside Business Association (1993-present).
Mayor Hopewell is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and holds an Associate's Degree in Health Technology from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a B.A. in Public Service from Sienna Heights University, and an M.A. from Western Michigan University in Organizational Learning and Performance.
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 members to Kalamazoo's various boards and commissions, which serve an advisory role to the Commission.
As required by the City Commission rules, a pdf schedule of regular meetings (13 KB) is established and published before January 1 of each year. The City Commission typically meets on the first and third Monday of each month, although the schedule is subject to change due to holidays and special meetings.
Meeting agendas and agenda packets are published on the Wednesday prior to each regular business meeting and are available online here (along with meeting minutes once available). If you would like to automatically receive City Commission meeting agendas when they are published, you can join the distribution list. Commission meeting agendas and minutes prior to July 2015 are available here.
City Commission meetings are broadcast live on Public Media Network and are available on their website after a brief post-production period. Meetings are also streamed live and available on the City's YouTube Channel.
The City Commission has established bylaws or pdf rules (41 KB) governing its meeting procedures, citizen advisory boards and commissions, the assignment of Commissioners to committees and subcommittees, and other administrative matters. These rules are available pdf here (41 KB) .