Mayor & City Commission
Back, L-R: Jim Lance, Vice Mayor Sherry Sofia, Roger Ballard, Christopher Simmons, Jake W. Smith; Front, L-R: Jenasia Morris, Patrick O'Donnell, Mayor Mark Behnke, Carla Reynolds
City Commission meetings
- 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of the month
- City Hall, 10 N. Division St.
City Commission Chambers, Room 301
Battle Creek, MI 49014
- Note: Meetings are in person, and air live on AccessVision and the city's YouTube channel. Public comment must be in person, or emailed to CityClerk@battlecreekmi.gov. There are occasions that commission workshops can be held virtually, so please watch for individual public notices for those.
2024 meeting dates
Pursuant to the Charter of the City of Battle Creek (Section 2.9), the Battle Creek City Commission approved the following schedule for the 2023-2024 City Commission year at their Nov. 7, 2023 regular meeting. The following are the approved dates:
|Nov. 21, 2023||April 2, 2024||Aug. 20, 2024|
|Dec. 5, 2023||April 16, 2024||Sept. 3, 2024|
|Dec. 19, 2023||May 7, 2024||Sept. 17, 2024|
|Jan. 2, 2024||May 21, 2024||Oct. 1, 2024|
|Jan. 16, 2024||June 4, 2024||Oct. 15, 2024|
|Feb. 6, 2024||June 18, 2024||Nov. 12, 2024|
Change due to General Election
|Feb. 20, 2024||July 2, 2024||Nov. 26, 2024|
Change due to Election Canvass
|March 5, 2024||July 16, 2024|
|March 19, 2024||Aug. 13, 2024|
Change due to Primary Election
Mark BehnkeMayor, At-LargePhone: 269-441-7663
Roger BallardCommissioner, Ward 1Phone: 269-369-6017
Jim LanceCommissioner, Ward 5Phone: 269-441-4522
Jenasia MorrisCommissioner, Ward 2Phone: 269-419-1910
Patrick O'DonnellCommissioner, Ward 3Phone: 269-966-4040
Carla ReynoldsCommissioner, At-LargePhone: 269-274-0040
Christopher SimmonsCommissioner, Ward 4Phone: 269-274-8993
Jake W. SmithCommissioner, At-LargePhone: 269-967-9799
Sherry SofiaVice Mayor, At-LargePhone: 269-967-8272
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
About the Commission
The City of Battle Creek will provide the necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered in the meeting upon seven days notice to the City of Battle Creek. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Battle Creek by writing or calling Victoria L. Houser, City Clerk.
Battle Creek City Commissioners typically serve two-year terms. As of 2020, city voters now elect the mayor as a separate office, to serve a two-year term. After an election, the commissioners will select a vice mayor from among themselves, to serve a two-year term.
The next election of the City Commission will be held in November 2024.
The Commission includes five ward commissioners, representing geographic wards within the City, and four at-large commissioners.