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Mayoral & City Commission Swearing in Ceremony

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021 - City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will swear in Mi Stanley, Mitchell Treadwell, Mark Wilson and Tim Werner as City Commissioners and Richard Lewis as Mayor at the City Commission’s November 8, 2021, Organizational Meeting.   The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City, Michigan.   They will all officially assume their offices upon taking the Oath of Office.

Following the Swearing-in Ceremony, the City Commission will select one of its members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term; and then the City Commission will make various appointments to boards and also form nomination (ad hoc) committees to make recommendations on various citizen appointments to boards.

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the municipal corporation’s “board of directors.”   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 to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing their official and corporate functions, the City Commission also approves the City Manager's appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer 
  • Appoint individuals to various boards 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 where authorized by the City Commission, City Charter and Michigan Law. 

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.

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