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Mayor & City Commissioners Take Oath of Office
Mayor and City Commissioners take Oath of Office
Mayor Pro Tem Selected & Appointments made to Boards and Committees
At the City Commission’s Organizational Meeting on November 8, 2021, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette swore in Mi Stanley, Mitchell Treadwell, Mark Wilson and Tim Werner as City Commissioners and Richard Lewis as Mayor. The Mayor and Commission officially assumed their offices upon taking the Oath of Office.
Following the Swearing-in Ceremony, the City Commission selected Amy Shamroe to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term. The City Commission then made various appointments to boards and also form nomination (ad hoc) committees to make recommendations on various citizen appointments to boards. The appointments are as follows;
- Appointment of Jim Tuller to a two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 as an administrative official to serve on the City Planning Commission
- Appointment of Commissioner Wilson and Commissioner Treadwell to a one-year term expiring November 14, 2022 on the City Planning Commission
- Appointment of Commissioner Walter to an ad hoc interview committee to make a recommendation regarding two Mayoral appointments to the Planning Commission
- Appointment of Commissioner Stanley as a City Commissioner Representative on the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation with a term expiring December 31, 2027, subject to approval by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners
- Appointment of Mayor Lewis, Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe and Commissioner Walter to an ad hoc interview committee to make a recommendation regarding a Mayoral appointment to the Downtown Development Authority Board of Trustees
- Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe as a City Commissioner Representative on the Traverse Connect Board of Directors, subject to approval by the Traverse Connect Board of Directors
- Appointment of Commissioner Stanley to a term expiring November 13, 2023, with Commissioner Werner as an alternate member, on the NEXT Michigan Corporation Board
- Appointment Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe and Commissioner Werner to two-year terms expiring November 13, 2023 on the Traverse City Light and Power Board
- Appointment of Commissioner Walter to a term expiring November 11, 2024 on the Traverse City Arts Commission
- Appointment of Commissioner Walter, Commissioner Treadwell and Commissioner Wilson to an ad hoc committee to make a recommendation regarding six appointments to the Brown Bridge Advisory Committee
- Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem Shamroe, Commissioner Stanley and Commissioner Werner to an ad hoc committee to make a recommendation regarding one appointments to the Coast Guard City Committee
- Appointment of Commissioner Walter, with Commissioner Wilson as an alternate member, to a term expiring November 13, 2023 on the Traverse Transportation Coordinating Initiative
- Appointment of Mayor Lewis to a two-year term expiring November 13, 2023 on the Grand Traverse County Township Association
- Appointment of Commissioner Wilson to a term expiring November 14, 2022 on the Grand Traverse County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
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.