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City Commissioner Putman Resigns Effective November 8, 2021

by Colleen Paveglio
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021 -  City Commissioner Roger Putman submitted his resignation from the City Commission to City Clerk Benjamin Marentette; Commissioner Putman’s resignation is effective November 8, 2021. Commissioner Putman’s term expires November 13, 2023, and a copy of his resignation is attached to this media release.

Commissioner Putman was appointed to the City Commission to fill a vacancy on October 1, 2018, and then ran for and won election to a full, four-year term at the November 5, 2019, election. Marentette indicated, “Commissioner Putman is the epitome of conscientiousness and it has been a pleasure to work with him and observe his heart for Traverse City. We look forward to working with Commissioner Putman over the next few months. Please be sure to wave a friendly hello when you see him walking his four-legged friend in Boardman Neighborhood and beyond. We wish Roger the absolute best as he tackles his own personal health issues.”

According to City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, the City Charter provides that the remaining two years of his term shall be filled by election at the November 2, 2021, election. The City Clerk’s Office will have nominating packets available as of Wednesday, May 19, 2021, for individuals who wish to run for election to the remaining two years of Commissioner Putman’s term. The filing deadline to run for the seat is July 20, 2021, at 4 p.m., with the City Clerk’s Office. There are also (3) four-year terms on the City Commission and (1) two-year term as Mayor up for election at the November 2, 2021, election, all with the same filing deadline.

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the city's "board of directors." The following is the mission statement for the City Commission:

The mission of the Traverse City City Commission is to guide the preservation and development of the City’s infrastructure, services, and planning based on extensive participation by its citizens coupled with the expertise of the city’s staff. The Commission will both lead and serve Traverse City in developing a vision for sustainability and the future that is rooted in the hopes and input of its citizens and organizations, as well as cooperation from surrounding units of government.

Very broadly speaking, the functions of the City Commission for the City of Traverse City are to:

  • Set public policy for the city through ordinances and other official actions
  • Allocate public funds under the city's control and responsibility, including adoption of the City Budget
  • Exercise policy oversight of the city's resources
  • Appoint the City Manager and City Attorney; and in order to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing official and corporate functions, the City Commission approves the City Manager's indefinite appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer
  • Appoint individuals to various board and commissions.
  • Exercise other authority and powers granted to it by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan Law, Michigan Promulgated Rules, the City Charter and other authorities

The City Commission consists of six members and the Mayor, all elected at-large (all members of the City Commission represent the entire city, as the city is not broken into "wards" or "districts"). All offices on the City Commission are non-partisan. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and Commissioners are elected for four-year terms. City Commission terms are arranged so that no more than four terms (or "seats") expire every two years. City Commission
elections are held in November of odd years.

As provided by Michigan Law and the City Charter, for ceremonial purposes, the Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city. The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Commission and has a voice and vote on all matters before the City Commission, but is without veto power. Along with the City Clerk, the Mayor executes various items by signature as the City Commission, City Charter, Michigan Law require.

For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (231) 922-4480, or email

Candidates elected at the November 2, 2021, election, will be sworn in by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and take office at 7 p.m. on November 8, 2021.

See Commission Putman's Resignation letter here