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Kalamazoo City Commission

Elected Representatives of the Citizens of Kalamazoo


Kalamazoo’s City Commissioners are the elected representatives of the citizens of Kalamazoo. The Commission provides leadership and policy direction for the community and all municipal government activities with a focus on the long-term financial stability of the City and the identification of community priorities. The City Commission consists of five Commissioners, the Vice Mayor, and the Mayor.

Commissioners serve staggered four-year terms, with three elected in each odd-year election. The commissioner receiving the most votes in each election serves the first two years of their term as Vice Mayor and the final two years as a commissioner after the selection of a new Vice Mayor. The Mayor is elected on a separate ticket in each election to serve a two-year term. (kalamazoocity.org)


*selected by Commission

April 1918: 1st City Commission

William E. Upjohn*  Mayor william-upjohn-100.jpg
George E. Martin*  Vice Mayor
Albert J. Todd
Paul Butler
Alfred B. Connable Sr.
William Shakespeare Jr.
Truxton Talbot

April 1919: 2nd City Commission

Albert J. Todd*  Mayor albert-todd-100.jpg
Alexander Velleman*  Vice Mayor
William E. Upjohn
Paul Butler
Charles Rhuel Myers
Albert Ten Busschen
Truxton Talbot

April 1920: 3rd City Commission

Albert J. Todd*  Mayor albert-todd-100.jpg
Alfred E. Curtenius*  Vice Mayor
William E. Upjohn (resigned)
Paul Butler
C. Allen Fox
Ernest A. Balch
Cornelius Verburg
Albert Ten Busschen (appointed)

November 1921: 4th City Commission

Cornelius Verburg (died in office)  Mayor Cornelius Verburg
Alfred E. Curtenius  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
George E. Martin
Lou B. Henshaw (later Zwisler)
Paul Butler
Ernest E. Balch

November 1923: 5th City Commission

George K. Taylor  Mayor george-taylor-100.jpg
William Shakespeare, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Clarence Bradford
Alfred E. Curtenius
George Rickman
Floyd Miller
Albert Culverhouse

November 1925: 6th City Commission

George K. Taylor  Mayor george-taylor-100.jpg
Clarence Bradford (resigned)  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Albert Culverhouse
Alfred E. Curtenius
Sam Mullie
C. Hubbard Kleinstuck
Edward M. Kennedy (appointed)

November 1927: 7th City Commission

Ernest A. Balch (died in office)  Mayor ernest-balch-100.jpg
Edward M. Kennedy  Vice Mayor
J. Wesley Bean
S. Rudolph Light
Alfred E. Curtenius
Peter DeBoer
Edgar M. Sergeant
Bartlett C. Dickinson (appointed)

November 1929: 8th City Commission

S. Rudolph Light  Mayor
J. Wesley Bean  Vice Mayor
Alfred E. Curtenius
Bartlett C. Dickinson
Peter DeBoer
Edgar M. Sergeant
Floyd C. Miller

November 1931: 9th City Commission

Lewis C. Wright  Mayor lewis-wright-100.jpg
Peter DeBoer  Vice Mayor
Elias Hoekstra
Hugh Barendreght
S. Rudolph Light
Herman Johnson
Edgar M. Sergeant

November 1933: 10th City Commission

William Shakespeare, Jr.  Mayor william-shakespeare-100.jpg
Paul H. Todd, Sr.  Vice Mayor
Frieda Blankenburg
Edgar M. Sergeant
Arthur L. Blakeslee
William Kersjes (died in office)
Lewis Wright
Hugh Barendreght (appointed)

November 1935: 11th City Commission

Paul H. Todd  Mayor paul-todd-100.jpg
William Shakespeare, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Arthur L. Blakeslee
Lewis Wright
Frank Bachelor
Frank McAllister
Ennis Schafer

November 1937: 12th City Commission

Arthur L. Blakeslee  Mayor arthur-blakeslee-100.jpg
Frank McAllister  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Louis Collins
Hugh Finley
William Shakespeare, Jr.
Ennis Schafer

November 1939: 13th City Commission

Frank McAllister  Mayor frank-mcallister-100.jpg
Louis Collins  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Earnest Ludwig
Hugh Finley
Monroe Shakespeare
Edgar M. Sergeant

November 1941: 14th City Commission

Louis W. Collins  Mayor lou-collins-100.jpg
Hugh Finley  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Frank McAllister
Earnest Ludwig
Glenn S. Allen Jr. (resigned)
Fred Stanley
Louis W. Sutherland (appointed)

November 1943: 15th City Commission

Louis W. Sutherland  Mayor louis-sutherland-100.jpg
Louis Collins  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Frank McAllister
Earnest Ludwig
Hugh Finley
Fred Stanley

November 1945: 16th City Commission

Henry Ford, Jr.  Mayor henry-ford-100.jpg
Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Louis Collins
E. Gifford Upjohn
Lorence Burdick
Sam Schaeffer

November 1947: 17th City Commission

Henry Ford, Jr.  Mayor henry-ford-100.jpg
Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Charles Garrett
Allan Milham
Lorence Burdick
Sam Schaeffer

November 1949: 18th City Commission

Paul H. Todd, Sr.  Mayor paul-todd-100.jpg
Allan Milham (resigned)  Vice Mayor
Alvin Little
William Johnson
Neil Verburg
Ralph Ralston
Cornelia A. Robinson
Dwight L. Stocker (appointed)

November 1951: 19th City Commission

Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Mayor
Willis F. Dunbar  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Alvin Little
Arthur Mulholland
Neil Verburg (died in office)
Cornelia A. Robinson
Henry L. Upjohn (appointed)

November 1953: 20th City Commission

Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Mayor
Henry L. Upjohn  Vice Mayor
Paul H. Todd, Sr.
Willis F. Dunbar
Arthur Mulholland
Paul J. Schrier
Cornelia A. Robinson

November 1955: 21st City Commission

Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Mayor
Willis F. Dunbar  Vice Mayor
Cameron L. Davis
Henry L. Upjohn
Arthur Mulholland
Paul J. Schrier
D. Gordon Knapp

November 1957: 22nd City Commission

Glenn S. Allen, Jr.  Mayor
Paul E. Morrison  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
Hazel M. Wirick
Arthur Mulholland (resigned)
Paul J. Schrier
D. Gordon Knapp

November 1959: 23rd City Commission

James S. Gilmore, Jr.  Mayor james-gilmore-100.jpg
Paul E. Morrison  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
Hazel M. Wirick
Arthur Washington, Jr.
Paul J. Schrier
Glenn S. Allen, Jr.

November 1961: 24th City Commission

Paul E. Morrison  Mayor paul-morrison-100.jpg
C. H. Mullen  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
Arthur Washington, Jr.
Paul J. Schrier
L. Lee Stryker
Thompson Bennett

November 1963: 25th City Commission

Raymond L. Hightower  Mayor raymond-hightower-100.jpg
Otto Yntema  Vice Mayor
Bert H. Cooper
Arthur Washington, Jr.
Paul J. Schrier
L. Lee Stryker
William Bayliss

November 1965: 26th City Commission

Raymond L. Hightower  Mayor raymond-hightower-100.jpg
Margaret Machin  Vice Mayor
Bert H. Cooper
Arthur Washington, Jr. (resigned)
Paul J. Schrier
Otto Yntema
William Bayless
Jacob Hoogendorn (appointed)

November 1967: 27th City Commission

Paul J. Schrier  Mayor paul-schrier-100.jpg
Donald H. Triestram  Vice Mayor
Francis P. Hamilton
Raymond L. Hightower
Tyrus R. Carter
Margaret Machin
Edwin L. Walters

November 1969: 28th City Commission

Francis P. Hamilton  Mayor francis-hamilton-100.jpg
Gilbert H. Bradley, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
John Oosterbaan
Garret VanHaaften
Howard Wolpe
Bertha Bushell

November 1971: 29th City Commission

Gilbert H. Bradley, Jr.  Mayor gilbert-bradley-100.jpg
John Oosterbaan  Vice Mayor
Thea Barron
Raymond L. Hightower
Garret VanHaaften
Howard Wolpe (resigned)
Edwin L. Walters
Francis P. Hamilton (appointed)

November 1973: 30th City Commission

Francis P. Hamilton  Mayor francis-hamilton-100.jpg
Edwin L. Walters  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Moses L. Walker
Garret VanHaaften
Dorothea Sullivan

November 1975: 31st City Commission

Francis P. Hamilton  Mayor francis-hamilton-100.jpg
Robert D. Dunbar  Vice Mayor
Raymond L. Hightower
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Moses L. Walker
Caroline Ham
Edwin L. Walters

November 1977: 32nd City Commission

Francis P. Hamilton  Mayor francis-hamilton-100.jpg
Peter C. Statler  Vice Mayor
Edward J. Annen, Jr.
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Sam Bennett
Caroline Ham
Edwin L. Walters

November 1979: 33rd City Commission

Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Mayor edward-annen-100.jpg
Caroline Ham  Vice Mayor
Francis P. Hamilton
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Jack Gilman
Bob Sherry (resigned)
William Maze, Jr.
Moses L. Walker (appointed)

November 1981: 34th City Commission

Caroline R. Ham  Mayor caroline-ham-100.jpg
John VanderPloeg  Vice Mayor
Francis P. Hamilton
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Moses L. Walker
Peter C. Statler
Edward J. LaForge

November 1983: 35th City Commission

Francis P. Hamilton  Mayor francis-hamilton-100.jpg
Caroline Ham  Vice Mayor
John VanderPloeg
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Dorothy Spurlock
Peter C. Statler
Edward J. LaForge

November 1985: 36th City Commission

Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Mayor edward-annen-100.jpg
Marjorie Springgate  Vice Mayor
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Dorothy Spurlock
Bruce W. Martin
Robert A. Straits
Edward J. LaForge

November 1987: 37th City Commission

Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Mayor edward-annen-100.jpg
Marjorie Springgate  Vice Mayor
Patricia M. Cayemberg
Ron Reisterer
Bruce W. Martin
Robert A. Straits
Edward J. LaForge

November 1989: 38th City Commission

Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Mayor edward-annen-100.jpg
Beverly A. Moore  Vice Mayor
Alexander C. Lipsey
Lance Ferraro
Curtis C. Haan
Robert A. Straits
Edward J. LaForge

November 1991: 39th City Commission

Beverly A. Moore  Mayor beverly-moore-100.jpg
Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Vice Mayor
Alexander C. Lipsey
Lance Ferraro
Curtis C. Haan
Robert A. Straits
Sally Appleyard

November 1993: 40th City Commission

Edward J. Annen, Jr.  Mayor edward-annen-100.jpg
Alexander C. Lipsey  Vice Mayor
Zadie Jackson
Curtis C. Haan
Robert A. Straits
Sally Appleyard
Barbara A. Larson

November 1995: 41st City Commission

Barbara A. Larson  Mayor barbara-larson-100.jpg
Alfred V. Heilman  Vice Mayor
Nicolette Hahn
Zadie Jackson
Lance Ferraro
Montford Piercey
Edgar G. Gordon

November 1997: 42nd City Commission

Robert B. Jones  Mayor robert-jones-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Donald F. Cooney
Linda Teeter
Edgar G. Gordon
Alfred V. Heilman
Nicolette Hahn

November 1999: 43rd City Commission

Robert B. Jones  Mayor robert-jones-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Alfred V. Heilman
Linda Teeter
Donald F. Cooney
Edgar G. Gordon
Sean A. McCann

November 2001: 44th City Commission

Robert B. Jones  Mayor robert-jones-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Sean A. McCann
Alfred V. Heilman
Mary Balkema
Donald F. Cooney
Linda Teeter

November 2003: 45th City Commission

Robert B. Jones  Mayor robert-jones-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Sean A. McCann
Bobby J. Hopewell
Donald F. Cooney
Mary Balkema
David Juarez

November 2005: 46th City Commission

Hannah McKinney  Mayor hannah-mckinney-100.jpg
Bobby J. Hopewell  Vice Mayor
Donald F. Cooney
David F. Anderson
Mary Balkema (resigned)
Barbara Hamilton Miller
Sean A. McCann
David Juarez (appointed)

November 2007: 47th City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell  Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Sean A. McCann
Donald F. Cooney
David F. Anderson
Barbara Hamilton Miller
Stephanie Moore

November 2009: 48th City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell  Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Donald F. Cooney
David F. Anderson
Barbara Hamilton Miller
Stephanie Bell (previously Moore)
Terry L. Kuseske (died in office)
Robert H. Cinabro (appointed)

November 2011: 49th City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell  Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
Hannah McKinney  Vice Mayor
Donald F. Cooney
Barbara Hamilton Miller
David F. Anderson
Robert H. Cinabro
Stephanie Bell

November 2013: 50th City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
David F. Anderson Vice Mayor
Donald F. Cooney
Barbara Hamilton Miller
Robert H. Cinabro
Stephanie Moore (formerly Bell) (resigned)
Jack Urban
Eric Cunningham (appointed)

November 2015: 51st City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
Donald F. Cooney Vice Mayor
David F. Anderson
Shannon Sykes
Erin Knott
Jack Urban
Matthew J. Milcarek

November 2017: 52nd City Commission

Bobby J. Hopewell Mayor bobby-hopewell-100.jpg
Erin Knott Vice Mayor
Don Cooney
David Anderson
Eric B. Cunningham
Patrese Griffin
Jack Urban
Shannon Sykes (resigned May 2019)

November 2019: 53rd City Commission

David Anderson Mayor
Patrese Griffin
(appointed June 2019)
Vice Mayor
Jeanne Hess
Erin Knott
Eric B. Cunningham
Chris Praedel
Jack Urban

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