The City of Battle Creek, incorporated as a city in 1859 and as a Home Rule City in 1913, is located in southwest Michigan, approximately 115 miles west of Detroit and 160 miles northeast of Chicago. It is the largest city in Calhoun County, encompassing an area of 44 square miles, with a current estimated population of 52,347. The city is well-known as the breakfast food capital of the world.

Local Government

The city has operated under the commission-manager form of government since 1961. Policy making and legislative authorities are vested in the City Commission, which is comprised of 9 members, including the mayor. The governing council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances and resolutions, making public policy decisions, adopting the budget, appointing boards, commissions and committees, approving contracts, authorizing real estate transactions, awarding bids, selling property, and hiring the government’s manager and attorney.

4 commissioners are elected at-large for 2-year terms and 5 commissioners are elected from the 5 wards in the city, also serving 2-year terms. The City Commission elects a mayor and vice mayor from among its members.

City Manager
The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Commission. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Commission, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and appointing government’s department heads.

The City of Battle Creek provides a full range of services including:
  • Economic Development
  • Police and Fire Protection
  • Public Transportation Services and Cultural Events
  • Recreational Activities
  • The Construction and Maintenance of Highways, Streets and Other Infrastructure
  • Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
  • Water Treatment and Distribution
Visit the City Manager page for our current organization chart.