Coastal Study Update 2017
To view the Coastal Study Update dated November 8, 2017, please click on it.
Seasonal Employees Needed - Please Apply
The City of St. Joseph is seeking mature, reliable individuals to fill several positions at the Howard Ice Arena and the Public Works department for the upcoming Winter/Spring season.Read more ...
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Thanksgiving Schedule
The Howard Ice Arena will be opening the season next week with Open Skate beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 22nd.Read more ...
St. Joseph City Commission Vacancy
There is a vacancy on the city commission resulting from the resignation of Chris Heugel, who resigned on September 21, 2017, due to moving outside the City of St. Joseph.Read more ...
City releases an RFP for Scrape, Prime & Paint Contracts #17.06
The City of St. Joseph is accepting sealed bids for Scrape, Prime & Paint Contracts at 719 Hoyt St., 802 Hoyt St., 804 Hoyt St. as part of code enforcement cases.Read more ...
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph Receives Improved Classification of ISO Rating
Public Safety Director Uridge reports, "Congratulations City of St. Joseph."Read more ...
October/November "City Connection" Newsletter
The October/November 2017 City Connection newsletter has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
Mayor Pro tem Fran Chickering
Fran Chickering has been a City resident since 1985, was first elected to the City Commission in November 2007, and became Mayor Pro tem on November 5, 2013.
In first announcing her candidacy, Fran said, "I am proud to live in one of the premier cities in Southwest Michigan. While my goal is to see the city continue along a successful path of economic development and fiscal responsibility, most importantly, I'm committed to ensuring that the needs of our citizens always come first."
"My goal as a City Commissioner is to strike a balance between the challenges and opportunities of a changing city with what I see as some of the proven benefits of our long-standing city identity – what many have called our 'small town charm.'"
Specifically, as a City Commissioner, Fran's commitment is to:
- Balance economic growth with the needs of our residents
- Preserve the integrity of our neighborhoods
- Maintain our city services in a fiscally responsible way
- Promote efforts to attract year-round businesses and encourage people of all ages to live and work in our community.
Fran is a graduate of Duke University where she majored in Economics and Psychology and has a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She was engaged in private practice in St Joseph for a number of years and retired from the Law Department at Whirlpool Corporation in 2014. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Fran has held board member positions in numerous civic organizations including Women's Service League, Berrien County Council for Children, Indian Hills Garden Club and Edgewater Improvement Association. She is currently a member of Berrien Community Foundation.
Fran and her husband Bill have two grown children, Elizabeth and Will, both of whom were raised in St Joseph and graduated from St Joseph Public Schools.
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- Population - 8,365
- City Employees - 81
- City Budget - $22.8 million
- City S.E.V. - $531,397,117 Avg.
- Residential True Cash Value - $199,000
- Square Miles - 4.4
- City Charter - Approved 1928
- Commercial S.E.V. - 96 million
- Industrial S.E.V. - 35 million
- Residential S.E.V. - 395 million
- Tax Millage - 16.5344