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 53rd 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.
David Anderson is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central and Western Michigan University (B.B.A. Accountancy), and has been a city resident for over 30 years. He has been employed by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since 1982, where he currently serves as the Director of Housing and Facilities. Prior to joining KCMHSAS, Mayor Anderson worked as a self-employed building contractor for over 20 years.
In addition to serving on the City Commission, Mayor Anderson serves as President of the LIFT Foundation and as Chairperson of the Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission.
Mayor Anderson is married to Cori Terry of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, a Kalamazoo-based modern dance company located in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. David and Cori are the parents of four grown daughters, all of whom are graduates of Kalamazoo Central High School.
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 typically published on the Thursday 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) .