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Boards and Commissions

The City of Ishpeming has a number of Boards and Commissions that provide citizens the opportunity to serve their community.  The responsibilities and focuses of these roles vary depending on how and why the Board or Commission was established.

The City of Ishpeming’ appointment process uses a variety of appointment methods, depending on the board or commission. 

The appointment process and term lengths are the following:

Appointed by the Mayor & Confirmed by City Council

  • Zoning Board of Appeals (3 years)
  • Parks and Recreation Committee (3 years)
  • Planning Commission (3 years)
  • Ishpeming Commission on Aging (3 years)
  • Joint Wastewater Treatment Board (3 years)
  • Library Board (5 years)
  • Cemetery Board (5 years)
  • Housing Appeals Board (3 years)
  • Negaunee/Ishpeming Water Authority (3 years)
  • Compensation Commission (5 years)

Appointed by Mayor

  • Housing Commission (5 years)

Appointed by City Manager & Confirmed by City Council

  • Downtown Development Authority (4 years)

Elected Member

  • Board of Review (4 years)

If you are interested in serving on one or more of the City’s Board or Commissions, please complete the application below and return it to the City Manager’s Office, 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI  49849.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Smith, Assistant to the City Manager, at 906-485-1091, Extension 203 or email

Board-Commissions Application
Board-Commissions Application
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The following Boards or Commissions have vacancies:

Housing Appeals Board – One Vacancy
(one is an Alternate Board Member)

Zoning Board of Appeals –  Two Vacancies
 (one is an  Alternate Board Member)


Click on the Board or Commission to view members and meeting schedule:

Cemetery Commission

Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging (COA)

Downtown Development Authority

Ishpeming Housing Commission

Library Board

Iron Ore Heritage Authority

Parks and Recreation Commission

Planning Commission

Wastewater Treatment Board

Negaunee Ishpeming Water Authority

Zoning Board of Appeals

Board of Review

Act 345 Board

Housing Appeals Board



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