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Posted on: June 10, 2022

City Commission seeks at-large commissioner for partial term

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The Battle Creek City Commission is looking for an at-large commissioner to serve until the November election.

Vice Mayor Kaytee Faris resigned from the commission on Tuesday, effective immediately, because her family is moving out of state. The city charter requires the commission to appoint someone to fill her seat in the next 30 days.

  • The commission will accept letters of interest until 5 p.m. on June 21.
  • They will interview candidates publicly, during the Tuesday, July 5 City Commission meeting. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the commission chambers at City Hall. Anyone interested in watching the meeting and interviews, who can’t attend in person, can watch live on AccessVision Channel 17, or the city’s YouTube channel.

To be eligible to serve on the Battle Creek City Commission, you must be a registered voter in the City of Battle Creek, so at least 18 years old. An at-large commissioner represents the entire city, so can live anywhere within Battle Creek city limits.

To submit your letter of interest:

  • Email it to publicinput@battlecreekmi.gov
  • Drop it off in person (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday) or mail it to:
     Battle Creek City Hall
     City Manager’s Office, Suite 206
     Battle Creek, MI 49014

The person appointed to the commission must run for re-election this year to keep serving – the primary election is Aug. 2 and the general election Nov. 8. All nine members of the commission will be up for re-election this year; there are five ward commissioners, three at large, and one direct-elect mayor.

Anyone who submits a letter of interest and wants to consider keeping the potential seat beyond early November should pick up a petition packet from the City Clerk’s Office, Room 111 at City Hall. At-large City Commission candidates must collect 100-150 valid signatures from City of Battle Creek registered voters.

For more information, call 269-966-3311 or email publicinput@battlecreekmi.gov.

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