Mayor & Commission

2017-2020 Battle Creek City Commission (updated Aug. 21, 2018)

Back, left to right: Susan Baldwin, Vice Mayor Sherry Sofia, Chris Simmons, Jim Lance
Front, left to right: Lynn Ward Gray, Kaytee Faris, Mayor Mark Behnke, Kate Flores, John Griffin

City Commission Meetings

  • 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of the month
  • City Hall, 10 N. Division St.
    City Commission Chambers, Room 301
    Battle Creek, MI 49014

2019 Dates

Pursuant to the Charter of the City of Battle Creek (Section 2.9), the Battle Creek City Commission at their Organizational Meeting held Nov. 13, 2018, approved the following schedule for the 2017-2018 City Commission year. The following are the approved dates:

  • Nov. 20, 2018
  • Dec. 4, 2018
  • Dec. 18, 2018
  • Jan. 8, 2019 (due to New Year's Day)
  • Jan. 22, 2019 (due to local event)
  • Feb. 5, 2019
  • Feb. 19, 2019
  • March 5, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 9, 2019 (due to spring break)
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 7, 2019
  • May 21, 2019
  • June 4, 2019
  • June 18, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • July 16, 2019
  • Aug. 6, 2019
  • Aug. 20, 2019
  • Sept. 3, 2019
  • Sept. 17, 2019
  • Oct. 1, 2019
  • Oct. 15, 2019
  • Nov. 12, 2019 (organizational meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


As of July 15, 2018, the Ward 5 commissioner position is vacant. A new commissioner will be appointed within 30 days. More information will be posted on this process.

Contact a Commissioner

If you require assistance or would like to provide feedback, you may contact any of our commissioners or fill out the Contact Us form.

For a full list of contact information for each City Commissioner, please click on this listing.

About the Commission

The City of Battle Creek will provide the necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered in the meeting upon seven days notice to the City of Battle Creek. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Battle Creek by writing or calling Victoria L. Houser, City Clerk.


Battle Creek City Commissioners typically serve two-year terms. Those elected in 2017 will serve three-year terms, after the previous commission approved moving city elections from odd to even years. Each November, the Mayor and Vice Mayor are selected by their fellow commissioners to serve one-year terms. The next election of the City Commission will be held in November 2020.
The Commission includes five ward commissioners, representing geographic wards within the City, and four at-large commissioners.

Commission Committees