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Public Meeting for the 5 Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
To view the Parks & Recreation Virtual Open House invite please click on it.
Job Opening: Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of a full-time Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Milton Park Amphitheater Replacement
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested landscaping contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for renovating the atphitheater at Milton Park 1524 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, Michigan.Read more ...
Before placing Political Signs, or any type of Temporary Signs, on your private property please become familiar with the current ordinance. Click Temporary Sign Information to view a pamphlet highlighting recent revisions.
Notice of Remote Public Bid Opening for City Hall HVAC Controls
To view the Public Notice scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 3:00 pm, please click on it.
Request for Proposals (RFP) Storage Building Painting
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area painting contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for exterior painting for the Storage Building located at the St. Joseph City Boat Launch 282 Anchors Way, St. Joseph Michigan.Read more ...
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations - Seasonal Employment
The City of St. Joseph is now accepting applications for seasonal employment at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena for the upcoming Fall/Winter season.Read more ...
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations Assistant
The City of St. Joseph is seeking an assistant ice arena manager for the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena.Read more ...
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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
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- Tax Millage - 16.5344