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.

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"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."

Regarding city matters, she may be contacted by calling 269-983-1328 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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