The City Commission acts as the legislative branch of city government. The City of Marquette elects seven commissioners during non-partisan, city-wide elections. Every year, the Commission elects one of its members to serve as mayor and one as mayor pro-tem. The Mayor Pro-Tem is authorized to act on behalf of the Mayor in the Mayor’s absence. Commissioners serve three year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms in office. The City Commission has the power to hire a city manager and city attorney, and to appoint citizens to serve on numerous advisory boards and commissions. All official action of the Commission is accomplished through ordinance, resolution, motion or order. The duties of the Commission are to represent the citizens of Marquette, establish policies and approve the budget. By law, the City Commission must conduct city business at public meetings held at least twice a month. Meetings are usually held in the City Hall Commission Chambers and the public may make comments or submit petitions on relevant issues.
Term Expiration: 11-2023
Cody Mayer was elected to the Marquette City Commission in November 2020, Mayor Pro-Tem in November 2021, and Mayor in November 2022. Cody is the first Tribal member to ever serve on the City Commission and at 25 years old Cody is the youngest Mayor in the history of Marquette. Cody was raised in Sault Ste Marie, MI and is a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Cody moved to Marquette when he became a student at Northern Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor's in Public Administration. Cody served two terms as the President of ASNMU and previously served as Vice-Chair for the Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. He has served as an enlisted soldier in the Michigan Army National Guard since December 2014 and currently holds the rank of Sergeant. Cody works full-time as a Universal Banker at a community bank in Marquette. Cody married his high-school sweetheart in October of 2018 and welcomed their daughter into the world in February of 2020.
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Mayor of Marquette
Call or Text: (906) 203-2030
Appointed/Elected: 04-2020 | 11-2022
Term Expiration: 11-2022 | 11-2025
Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, Sally Davis has been a resident of Marquette since 1981.
Community service has always been paramount in her life. She is past president of the Rotary Club of Marquette, and served on the City’s Harbor Advisory Committee, and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. During 2019/20 she led Rotary’s efforts to revitalize South Marquette’s Hurley Field playground.
Her service on non-profit boards and committees has been at the local, regional and national levels including Rotary, the YMCA, MAPS Education Foundation, U.P. Rowing, the Children’s Museum, the Women’s Center, and the Center for Telehealh and e-Health Law based in Washington D.C. Her advocacy for national telehealth reimbursement lead to testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee.
Ms. Davis has over 35 years’ experience in health care management specializing in education, program development, grant management, management training, and telemedicine. She and her husband, Dave Campana, owned and operated Campus Pharmacy in Marquette for 19 years.
Ms. Davis acquired her Bachelors in Education from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Michigan University. She is certified as a management trainer and group facilitator by Development Dimension International, a management training company.
Her accolades include the Loren O. Gettel Award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to the health of Michigan’s rural residents (2008), the Michigan State University Community Partnership Award (2008), Marquette Rotary’s Service Above Self Award (2019), and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award (2021).
Elected: 11-2017 | 11-2020
Term Expiration: 11-2020 | 11-2023
Commissioner Stonehouse was elected to the Marquette City Commission in 2017. He previously served from 2008 - 2014. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1970 (BS) and 1977 (MA). He is best known for his work as a maritime historian, authoring numerous books and articles and appearing on various national television documentaries. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation and the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s 2007 “Historian of the Year.” He also received NMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. He has taught Great Lakes maritime history at Northern Michigan University and is an active consultant for numerous Great Lakes oriented projects and programs.
Service to the community is important to Stonehouse. He is a founding and current board member of the Marquette Maritime Museum and a member of the Marquette County Economic Club Board. He also served on the NMU Alumni Advisory Board and De Vos Art Museum Advisory Board and is a past chair of the Marquette Harbor Advisory Committee, Harbor Master Plan Committee, ad hoc Income Tax Study Task Force and member of the Local Development Finance Authority. Previously he served as City’s representative to the Michigan Ports Collaborative. He retired from the U.S. Army (Corps of Engineers) in 1997. For additional information – www.frederickstonehouse.com
12-2017 | 11-2018 | 11-2021
11-2018 | 11-2021 | 11-2024
Jenna Smith began serving on the Marquette City Commission in December 2017. She was born and raised in Marquette. She went on to attend the University of Michigan where she earned a degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies in 2008.
After graduating from college, Ms. Smith moved to Boulder, Colorado and worked in the finance industry for 5 years. When she moved back to the Upper Peninsula in 2014, she worked for Michigan Works in Escanaba, Houghton, and Marquette, and then served as the Human Resources Manager for Marquette Area Public Schools from 2016-2022. She is currently the Market Manager for Manpower in Marquette.
Prior to serving as a City Commissioner, Ms. Smith was the Vice-Chair of the Marquette Housing Commission. She is also an active member of Connect Marquette and is a graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.
Ms. Smith lives in Marquette with her husband, Lou, and their daughters, Olive and Clara.
Jenna served three years as Mayor of Marquette from November 2019-November 2022.
Term Expiration: 11-2023
Jessica Hanley was elected to the City Commission in November 2020. She has lived in Marquette for the last 16 years, moving here from Painesdale to attend Northern Michigan University where she served as Chair of the Assembly of ASNMU, the NMU student government.
Jessica has had many local volunteering efforts including her years as a volunteer First Responder and her active role in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. As a cancer survivor herself, she knows the importance of these events.
Jessica enjoys spending her time outdoors and is a member of the Marquette Golf Club Women’s League, Marquette Mountain, and two local softball leagues. Her love for sports and the outdoors in general was a driving reason in keeping her in Marquette.
Jessica is the General Manager of Jeffrey’s Restaurant in Marquette, and she and her husband recently opened a small business, AJ Hanley Graphic Design. Jessica is married to Adam Hanley and the proud Mother to 3-year-old, Oliver.
Term Expiration: 11-2024
Jermey Ottaway was unanimously appointed to the City Commission in December of 2022.
He is a graduate of Marquette Senior Highschool (class of 2002) and Northern Michigan University (class of 2006) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He has worked in the insurance industry as a claims professional for over 15 years.
Jermey and his wife have been married since 2009 and have three children and a hyperactive golden retriever who insists on being walked multiple times per day. In Jermey’s free time, he enjoys playing guitar, golfing, hiking, and riding his e-bike. He is also a tortured fan of the Detroit Lions and never misses a game, regardless of their record, because he is always confident that next year will be their year.
Prior to being appointed to the City Commission, Jermey served on the Marquette Board of Zoning Appeals from 2018-2022 and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors from 2019-2022, acting as Chairperson of both boards.
Term Expiration: 11-2025
Commissioner Larson was appointed to the City Commission on January 30, 2023, following the resignation of former Commissioner Evan Bonsall.
Current and past City Commission meeting videos.
Policies as determined by the City Commission.
Resolution in Support of Racial Justice
The Marquette City Commission reaffirms its commitment to the enforcement of the non-discrimination ordinance and states its opposition to systemic racism affection people of color in this and every other community.,
Commission Agendas and Minutes
List of scheduled City Commission regular meetings, special meetings and work sessions.
External link to the City Charter hosted on Municode.
It is the intent of the City of Marquette that no person be denied the equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil rights or be discriminated against because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, physical or mental disability, family status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.