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.
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: 11-2020 | 11-2023
Term Expiration: 11-2023 | 11-2026
Jessica was elected to the City Commission in November of 2020. She has lived in Marquette for the last 19 years, moving here from Painesdale to attend college at Northern Michigan University where she served as Chair of the Assembly for ASNMU, the Northern student government.
Jessica is the Executive Director of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. She and her husband also own their own business, AJ Hanley Graphic Design. She is also active in multiple local organizations such as Economics Club and Marquette West Rotary.
Jessica is married her Adam Hanley, and they also have a son, Oliver, who is six years old. They spend their time as a family enjoying all that Marquette has to offer, including their youth golf and soccer leagues, and the Marquette Mountain Race league. Jessica is a member of the Marquette Golf Club Women’s League and two local softball leagues as well. Their love for sports and the outdoors in general was one of the main reasons she and her husband chose to make Marquette their forever home.
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.
Elected: 11-2020 | 11-2023
Term Expiration: 11-2023 | 11-2026
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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Call or Text: (906) 203-2030
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
Michael Larson was appointed to the City Commission in January 2023. His experience includes nearly six years on the Marquette City Planning and two years as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Beyond local government, Michael has a decade of experience in the clean energy and sustainability industry and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Michigan Energy Options. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Michigan Saves, the nation’s first nonprofit green bank, and is a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Michael earned a Master of Public Administration from NMU in 2009.
Term Expiration: 11-2026
Commissioner Paul Schloegel was elected to the Marquette City Commission in November 2023. He is a native of Menominee MI and has been a resident of Marquette for over 30 years ever since 1990 when he attended Northern Michigan University. Paul obtained his degree from NMU with a BS degree in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. Prior to the City Commission he served 6 years on the Presque Isle Advisory Board, two years on the BZA, 5+ years on the Planning Commission, and 2 years elected to the Marquette Board of Light and Power. Paul has always been very passionate about serving his community. Paul was the founding President of the Marquette Area Junior Chamber of Commerce and active member for 10 years. He has also been a Deacon and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. Paul has been the GM of Northern Energy Solution’s, an insulation and energy optimization company located in Marquette since 2013. He is married to wife Elizabeth and has two daughters, Courtney Tallio and Abigayle Schloegel.