The Coldwater City Charter provides for the council / manager form of government with authority and political responsibility vested in an elected council and centralization of administrative accountability in an appointed professional administrator.
Coldwater has four wards with two councilmembers representing each ward elected to staggered four-year terms and the mayor elected at large for a two-year term. The nine-member city council is the governing body of the City and determines all municipal policies, adopts ordinances (local laws) and approves the budget for carrying out all municipal operations. The mayor is charged with the responsibility of conducting the meetings of the council and also represents the City in ceremonial functions.
The city manager is appointed by the city council on the basis of merit, professional training, experience in city management and demonstrated ability. The manager is responsible to the council, insures that laws and ordinances are enforced and works with the department heads and employees so that municipal operations and functions are carried out efficiently. The manager and staff keep the council advised on the financial condition of the City, prepare the annual budget for council review, prepare the agenda for council meetings and through periodic reports keep the council and public informed on City operations.
We are always looking for ways to improve our community and quality of life for its residents. We are committed to keeping you informed of the latest developments and changes that can affect you and your community.
The City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Second Floor, Henry L. Brown Municipal Building, One Grand Street.
Francisco (Cisco) Ortiz, First Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 677-3241
Tim Miller, First Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 278-6945
Chris Pierce, Second Ward Councilmember
Term: 1992-93; 1997-05; 2007-15
Phone: (517) 279-9900
Toby Kirk, Second Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 617-1229
Michael Beckwith, Third Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 617-2359
Maureen Petzko, Third Ward Councilmember
Mayor Pro Tem 2011-2013
Phone: (517) 278-6234
Randall Hazelbaker, Fourth Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 279-7875
Heather Peet, Fourth Ward Councilmember
Phone: (517) 227-0869