KDPS Job Application Period Opens June 7 through June 25

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be hiring additional Public Safety Officers beginning in January 2018. Applications may be submitted from June 7 through June 25, 2017 online ONLY at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kalamazoomi.

To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (January 1, 2018). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross-trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with other duties.

Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, Hostage Negotiator, and Command Officer.

Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered; newly hired officers may be sponsored through the police academy and provide fire training if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language hiring bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program.

Information about KDPS is available at www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.

Celebrate Summer Downtown at June Jubilee June 2-4

June Jubilee, the official kick-off to summer in Kalamazoo, is quickly approaching. Head downtown June 2-4 for a wide variety of events for everyone to enjoy including the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts  Fair in Bronson Park, Art on the Mall, Art Hop, Animotion Festival, the Do-Dah Parade, and much more!

In order to keep downtown as safe as possible for all participants attending the events, road closures are necessary. Please see the following list of closures, and contact the event organizer if you have any questions.

South Street- Closed from Park St. to Farmer’s Alley

  • Friday, June 2: South Street will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall, organized by the Kalamazoo Arts Council.
  • Saturday, June 3: South Street will remain closed through 5:00 p.m. to accommodate the KIArts Fair in Bronson Park, organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
  • South St. from Park St. to Rose St. will reopen to traffic at 5:00 p.m.
  • South St. from Rose St. to Farmer’s Alley will reopen to traffic at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4: South Street from Park St. to Rose St. will be closed between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to accommodate an event being held by the First Presbyterian Church.

PLEASE NOTE: Access to Peregrine Towers and the Miller Canfield parking structures will be maintained. Signs will indicate what portion of the road is open for parking structure access only- no street parking will be permitted. From South St, there will be a right (north) turn only onto Rose St.

Kalamazoo Mall – Closed from Kalamazoo Avenue to Lovell St

  • Friday, June 2: The Kalamazoo Mall will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall, organized by the Kalamazoo Arts Council.
  • Saturday, June 3: The Kalamazoo Mall will remain closed through 7:00 p.m. to accommodate Art on the Mall, organized by the Kalamazoo Arts Council.

Do Dah Parade

  • Saturday, June 3: The following road closures will be in effect between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for staging the Do Dah Parade, organized by Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center: Portage Road between Lovell and the Portage-Pitcher Connector, Jasper Street between Lovell and Walnut, Lovell Street between Portage and Pitcher.
  • The Do Dah Parade Route is the same as previous years and is as follows: starting at the intersection of Portage and Lovell, West on Lovell, North on Park, East on W. Michigan, South on Portage to Lovell.

If you have any questions about these events or the closure of streets, event organizers may be contacted using the information below. The City of Kalamazoo’s Special Event Coordinator, Katie Broekema can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (269) 337-8006.

Event Organizers

  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – Carianne Zomonski (269) 349-7775
    Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo – Beth McCann (269) 342-5059
    Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center – Deb Droppers (269) 388-2830
    First Presbyterian Church – Brian Nederveld (269) 344-0119

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to celebrating the arrival of summer in Downtown Kalamazoo!

Nomination Packets Now Available for November 7 Municipal Election

Nomination packets are now available for citizens wishing to run for the office of Mayor or City Commissioner in the Municipal Election to be held on November 7, 2017.  These packets may be picked up in the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. 

Each candidate must submit a properly completed nominating petition (containing at least 50 valid signatures but no more than 75) and a completed Affidavit of Identity to the Clerk's office.

The Kalamazoo City Charter states that a person seeking the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be a resident of, and qualified elector in, the City of Kalamazoo at the time of filing for election or appointment to that office. 

Important dates for potential candidates are as follows:

  • May 26, 2017 - Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions
  • July 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. – Deadline for nomination petitions and affidavits of identity to be filed with the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
  • July 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. – Last day for eligible candidates to withdraw their candidacy

In the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election, citizens will elect three Commissioners to four-year terms, and the Mayor to a two-year term. More information on elections and running for office is available at www.kalamazoocity.org/elections.


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