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.
Commissioner Mary Goff
Mary Goff, a life long resident of the City of St. Joseph, was first appointed to the St. Joseph City Commission in 1986, and was St. Joseph's mayor from 1998 - 2007. Commissioner Goff was the first woman to be elected mayor of the five member commission.
"My kids have come home with their own children," said Goff of her three children Carol Michaels, Julie Koch, and Gary Koch. "With my grandchildren living in St. Joseph, I want our city to be the best it can be."
"To move forward and accomplish our goals, it is imperative to continue working with our neighboring municipalities to make the entire southwest Michigan area attractive to businesses, residents and visitors," Goff said. "St. Joseph is a beautiful city on Lake Michigan, it is my home and I love it here, yet we are not living in a vacuum. We must keep our eye on the future while preserving the qualities of life we all enjoy."
"We are blessed with a population of dedicated citizens who are committed to living well and working hard to make that happen here," Goff said. "I am a worker, too; I respect the value of thoughtful action, it's hard work and it's worth it. The cooperation of individuals, businesses and volunteer groups is a big part of our heritage in St. Joseph. We can define our character in our ability to communicate with each other, to build partnerships and to work together to get things done."
As the previous majority owner and past president of Roy H. Liskey, Inc., the insurance agency her father established in 1923, Goff is now retired from the family business that her son, Gary Koch and daughter, Carol Michaels, now own and operate.
"This year, we're celebrating over 90 years in St. Joseph," said Goff. "That's a lot of listening to the special needs of people and finding the right policies for them."
"St. Joseph is known as 'a special place on the lake.' We are a great place to live, to work and to raise a family," said Goff who is married to Carl Goff. "We have become an appealing vacation destination, especially to the Chicago market, because we exude the small town values of honesty, integrity and caring for others in a location that is beautiful in all four seasons. We have the small town charm that attracts people who are tired of the rat race. Those facts are not going to change as we move forward to improve our waterfront areas with the Edgewater development, to market ourselves as a viable place to conduct business and to work with community leaders in neighboring municipalities."
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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