General News

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Blue Ribbon Committee chooses chair, sets next meetings

Blue Ribbon Committee 2018

The 18-person committee tasked with considering potential changes to the city charter will meet again next Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The committee, established and appointed by the City Commission, will consider potential changes to the selection of mayor and vice mayor; the size of the commission; staggering of commissioner terms; length of commissioner terms; gendered charter language; and any other relevant issues.

At its first meeting, the committee decided to meet every two weeks, with upcoming meetings on March 7 and 21. All upcoming meetings start at 5:30 p.m. at the city’s Department of Public Works, 150 S. Kendall St. Meetings are open to the public.

The committee chose Joe Schwarz to serve as chairperson, and Terry Burleson as vice chair.

The appointed members of the committee are:

Jeremy Andrews

Kathy Antaya

Terry Burleson

William Burton

Randall Champlin

Gerardyne Drozdowski

Mary Fortney

John Godfrey

Bill Hanner

Andy Helmboldt

Walt McIlroy

James Moreno

John J.H. Schwarz

Shanay Settles

Becky Squires

Tracie Tomak

David Weaver

Robert Whitfield


A city or municipal charter provides the basis for most municipal regulatory functions, and for the delivery of municipal services. The charter for the City of Battle Creek is available through our website, Navigate to the I Want To… tab, then Find a City Ordinance. The charter link is near the top in the list of contents.

AccessVision will record and air all upcoming meetings. The first, Feb. 7, meeting will appear again at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 on Channel 17/917/99, and Live 17 at It’s also available on demand at the AccessVision website.

To offer comments, questions, and feedback on these and related issues, contact the committee at

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