City Manager

About the City Manager

The City Manager’s Office is the central administrative office for the City of Battle Creek. Should you have a question about general city operations or if you'd like to send information to the City Manager or City Commission, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.


The City Manager is hired by the City Commission. This is the chief administrative professional for the city and coordinates all city departments to implement the programs and policies of the City Commission. As the main link between the Battle Creek City Commission and the administration, the City Manager ensures that the commission receives professional and objective staff advice and recommendations.


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Assistant City Manager

The City of Battle Creek has an Assistant City Manager for Community and Economic Development, who manages related initiatives and oversees department activities related to comprehensive community issues and economic development.
There is also an Assistant City Manager of Operations position, vacant since August of 2016. This person is a liaison to the city manager in handling day-to-day operations among all city departments. 

An assistant may act as the City Manager in her absence:
  • Ted Dearing, Assistant City Manager for Community and Economic Development

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager also works in the City Manager's Office, helping coordinate the flow of information between the city and its residents through the city website, press releases and more.

General Contact

For general information and comments, please email us.