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: 12-2017 | 11-2018
Term Expiration: 11-2018 | 11-2021
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. She is currently a Human Resources Manager in the area.
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 the 40 Below Young Professionals and is a graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.
Ms. Smith lives in Marquette with her husband, Lou, and their daughter, Olive.
Term Expiration: 11-2021
Commissioner Hill was elected to the Marquette City Commission in November 2018. Raised in small town Illinois and Indiana, her family vacationed most summers at Cisco Lake in the western UP, making her the third generation to fish in the UP. She brings 25 years’ experience in community service in roles ranging from volunteer to Executive Director to park ranger to grantmaker.
A love for learning, and the chance to play college basketball, took her to Barnard College in New York City. She graduated in 1988, worked as a paralegal and outdoor educator, then enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing her master’s in city planning in 1995 to study how communities can make sustainable decisions. She worked for the Massachusetts Director of Water Policy then helped to start nonprofits in environmental business and advocacy, public health, and science education.
She returned to the Midwest in 2005 to be near family and to pay off education loans. She and her husband, Andrew Dalian, became full-time Marquette residents in 2014, where she has coordinated workshops on energy costs and climate change and helped establish the City of Marquette’s first Public Arts policy. Since the 2016 election, she has volunteered to organize rallies and marches to celebrate democracy and civil rights.
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
Term Expiration: 11-2022
Evan was elected to the City Commission in 2019. He grew up in Marquette in a working-class family and attended Marquette public schools. He was originally inspired to pursue public service by his parents – his father was a deputy sheriff, and his mother worked as a secretary for the Marquette Police Department and served as a police union vice president, PTA president, and church preschool president.
After graduating from Marquette Senior High School in 2015, Evan attended Harvard University on a need-based scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in Government. Before being elected to the City Commission, he served for a total of 4 years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Brownfield Authority, and the Sustainable Community Committee. Elected at the age of 23, he is possibly the youngest person to serve as a Marquette City Commissioner. He currently works for Marquette County as an Assistant to the County Administrator, and is a Lead For America Fellow.
Evan helps coach the MSHS We The People civics team and enjoys playing soccer, Nordic skiing, and reading. Most of all, he loves spending time with his girlfriend Aubrie Jacobson, a local pianist and graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison – they have been together since they were in the eighth grade.
Term Expiration: 11-2022
Sally Davis was appointed to the City Commission in April 2020. Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, she 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 awards include the Loren O. Gettel Award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to the health of Michigan’s rural residents (2008), and the Michigan State University Community Partnership Award (2008).
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: 11-2023
Cody Mayer was elected to the Marquette City Commission in November 2020. Cody was raised in Sault Ste Marie, 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 a enlisted soldier in the Michigan Army National Guard since December 2014 and currently holds the rank of Sergeant. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Drifa Brewing Company. Cody married his high-school sweetheart in October of 2018 and welcomed their daughter into the world in February of 2020. Cody is the first Native American to be elected to the City Commission and the second youngest.
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