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Construction Board of Review & Property Maintenance Board of Review Meetings 8/23/18 Meetings Canceled
Please be advised that the St. Joseph Construction Board of Review & St. Joseph Property Maintenance Board of Review meetings have been canceled.Read more ...
Wallace Avenue Project Power Outage and Water Service Shut Off Notice
On Thursday, August 16th, there will be two utility disruptions necessary in order to bring the Wallace Avenue Project one step closer to completion.
Advertisement for Bids: BH-SJ Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant is seeking bids for construction of the Existing Headworks Upgrade.Read more ...
WSJOB Meeting 8/15/2018 Meeting Cancelled
Please be advised that the WSJOB meeting scheduled for August 15th has been cancelled.Read more ...
Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update 8/6/18
To view the latest update for the Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project, please click here.
Job Opening: Administrative Secretary
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Administrative Secretary in the Public Safety Department.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 ...
May "City Connection" Newsletter
The May 2018 City Connection newsletter has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
Commissioner Jeffrey Richards
Jeff Richards was first elected as a St. Joseph city commissioner in April 1984, and currently is the longest serving commissioner with continuous service to the community, two of those as St. Joseph's mayor.
"In my years of work in the city, I've learned not to abuse power, but to use the power of the commission to make the most of what we have. I love this community and I ran initially to keep things pretty much the same. I still feel that way. We have a great community with lots of natural advantages that I want to preserve," said Richards, who moved to the area in 1973. "Let me tell you a little story. About 300 years ago, the explorer and missionary, Father LaSalle, dropped anchor at the site of what is now present day St. Joseph, where the St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan - the BIG lake!
"He recognized the area as a special place, a pleasant port. In my years as a commissioner, I have endeavored to make those necessary changes that will continue to make St. Joseph 'A Special Place on the Lake,' a city that works well together, and a great place to live and play."
In addition to experience, Richards brings the vested interest of a business owner in the community to the commission table. A doctor of veterinary medicine with credentials from Michigan State University, Richards owns and operates the St. Joseph Veterinary Hospital at the Edgewater Center, 435 Upton Drive.
"In city business, as in any business, order is very important. Rules of law are created by the people to maintain order, to give the body structure. Weighing those laws and making those decisions in the best interest of the people can be difficult, but I think I am a good and fair-minded decision-maker," he said.
When doing business in South St. Joseph and representing St. Joseph's Southtown business community, Richards has also served on various boards, including the St. Joseph Today board of directors and he has represented the city for many years on Michigan Municipal League's board of trustees. He is married to Nancy Burch.
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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