Mayor & Commission

2020-2022 Battle Creek City Commission

Top, L-R: Mayor Mark Behnke, Vice Mayor Kaytee Faris, Kristin Blood
Middle, L-R: Boonikka Herring, Jim Lance, Jenasia Morris
Bottom, L-R: Carla Reynolds, Sherry Sofia, Kathy Szenda Wilson


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.

City Commission meetings

  • 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of the month
  • When in person: City Hall, 10 N. Division St.
    City Commission Chambers, Room 301
    Battle Creek, MI 49014
  • Until further notice: Meetings are held virtually via Zoom, and live on AccessVision and the city's Facebook page. Public comment call-in and more information is in the public meeting notices, posted here.

2021 meeting 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. 24, 2020, approved the following schedule for the 2020-2021 City Commission year. The following are the approved dates:

  • Dec. 1, 2020
  • Dec. 15, 2020
  • Jan. 5, 2021
  • Jan. 19, 2021
  • Feb. 2, 2021
  • Feb. 16, 2021
  • March 2, 2021
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 13, 2021 (change due to spring break)
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • June 1, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • July 6, 2021
  • July 20, 2021
  • Aug. 3, 2021
  • Aug. 17, 2021
  • Sept. 7, 2021
  • Sept. 21, 2021
  • Oct. 5, 2021
  • Oct. 19, 2021
  • Nov. 2, 2021

Agendas & Minutes

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

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. As of 2020, city voters now elect the mayor as a separate office, to serve a two-year term. After an election, the commissioners will select a vice mayor from among themselves, to serve a two-year term.
The next election of the City Commission will be held in November 2022.
The Commission includes five ward commissioners, representing geographic wards within the City, and four at-large commissioners.

Commission Committees