The Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee is an 18-person group tasked with considering potential changes to the city charter.

The committee, established and appointed by the City Commission, will consider potential changes to the selection of mayor and vice mayor; the size of the commission; staggering of commissioner terms; length of commissioner terms; gendered charter language; and any other relevant issues.

The committee wants your feedback on these issues! We appreciate your thoughts and comments. Have more to say? Contact the committee at Thank you!

* 1. Do you live in the city limits of the City of Battle Creek? (Choose all that apply.)

* 2. Currently, the mayor and vice mayor are chosen by the City Commission, from among its members, at the November organizational meeting.
What are your thoughts on this issue?

* 3. Currently, the City Commission has 9 members - 5 ward commissioners (particular sections of the city) and 4 at-large (entire city). 
A majority of cities in Michigan have 7 commissioners, who are all at-large.
What are your thoughts on this issue?

* 4. Currently, all 9 city commissioners are up for re-election at the same time.
What are your thoughts on this issue?

* 5. Currently, city commissioners serve two-year terms. (The current commission will serve three-year terms because of the change in city elections from odd to even years.) 
A majority of Michigan city commissioners serve four-year terms.
What are your thoughts on this issue?

* 6. Parts of the city charter presume the City Manager and City Attorney are men. Definitions indicate that these mentions also are extended to women. 
Other Michigan cities have amended their charters to use ungendered language (like "they") throughout.
What are your thoughts on this issue?

* 7. The Blue Ribbon Committee may consider other issues related to the city charter. (You can see the current charter at the city's website,, I Want To... tab, then Find a City Ordinance.)
Do you have any additional suggestions or comments to add to this process?