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Saginaw City Council
State of the City 2020
The City of Saginaw operates under a Council-Manager form of government. In this system, the City Council is composed of nine members elected at-large in non-partisan elections for four-year, overlapping terms. The Council represents all the citizens of Saginaw and has responsibility for setting all municipal policies such as adopting ordinances, resolutions, fee schedules, voting appropriations, approving the budget and determining the tax rate. The Mayor is a member of Council, who serves as its chairperson as well as fulfilling various ceremonial functions. The Mayor is elected by the Council.
The City Manager is appointed by and is directly responsible to the City Council. The Manager is chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications and experience in municipal affairs. The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the City, the Manager carries out the policies that are made by Council and directs and coordinates the work of all City departments. The Manager keeps the Council informed of the conditions and needs of the City, and makes recommendations for action as the need arises. The Manager also prepares the annual budget for Council consideration and upon its enactment, sees that its provisions are upheld.
The Council-Manager form of government is ideal for a mature City, such as Saginaw, as it affords the unification of authority and political responsibility in the elected Council, and centralization of administrative responsibility in a professional administrator. The system fosters democracy and efficiency in a government that is highly responsive to the needs of the City's citizens.
City CharterA City Charter is a basic law formulating the government for a city that, within the limitations of the state constitution and legislative enactments, established the framework of government, defines powers and duties, and identifies the rights and responsibilities of a city in fulfilling the needs of its citizens
Saginaw City Charter
A proclamation is a ceremonial public document signed by the Mayor directing attention to a local resident, organization or event that positively impacts the community. A proclamation may be issued for:
- Civic celebrations
- Public awareness
- Arts and cultural celebrations
- An organization’s event or special Action
- An extraordinary achievement
A Certificate of Recognition or a congratulatory letter may be issued as an alternative to a proclamation.
Proclamations will not be issued for:
- Matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs or individual conviction
- Events or organizations with no direct relationship with the City of Saginaw
- Proclamation Request Form To Submit
Term Expires: 2020
Floyd was born near Cass City, in Michigan's thumb, where he spent his first 14 years on a dairy farm with his parents and 10 siblings. He came to Saginaw in 1965 to attend St. Paul Seminary, where he graduated from high school in 1969. He then attended Saginaw Valley College, now SVSU, where he graduated in 1973. He earned his way through college working part time at Cunningham's Drug Store in downtown Saginaw. After college he continued working there two more years, full time, until 1975 when he moved to Detroit to start law school at the University of Detroit School of Law. Graduating Law School in 1978, he passed the bar later that year for admission to practice law in this state, and began his legal career as an Assistant City Attorney for Saginaw in early 1979. Shortly after, he was promoted to Chief Assistant, where he served until April 1988 when he was appointed interim City Attorney. He served in that capacity until he left to start his own private practice in August of 1988.
He has continued in private practice as a general practice attorney at 2719 State St., in the City of Saginaw since then. He lives in the City with his wife Diane, a program math teacher at the Saginaw Career Complex. He has three children.
Floyd has long been involved in serving the people of Saginaw. In addition to his law practice where he serves primarily city residents, including as a referral attorney for UAW members, he is a 34 year member and past President of the downtown Saginaw Kiwanis Club, a community youth service organization. He is also a long time Board member of the Saginaw Kiwanis Foundation. He is a 26 year member and twice past president of the Historical Society of Saginaw County. He has also been a long time member and is currently president of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Association, and is a member of Saginaw P.R.I.D.E.
Please click the attached link to submit a request for a certificate of recognition or a proclamation from the Mayor: Click here.
Brenda F. Moore
Term Expires: 2022
BiographyMayor Pro Tem Brenda Fay Moore is a life-long year resident of the city of Saginaw. She was born in Saginaw and is a proud graduate of Saginaw High School. Mayor Pro Tem Moore understands the value of the family unit and is passionate about helping individuals receive the support and assistance they need to improve their lives. Brenda has an Associate’s degree from Delta College and is currently employed as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 517M).
Since her election to City Council in 2013, Mayor Pro Tem Moore quickly became involved with the Michigan Municipal League by attending conferences and training to understand her role as a newly elected official. Since then, Brenda has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Municipal League where she is now serving as the Vice President of the Board, 2nd Vice President for the Michigan Black Caucus of local Elected Officials, President of the Elected Officials Academy and the Municipal Finance Committee. Mayor Pro Tem Moore is also a member of the City County School Liaison Committee and hopes to positively impact our youth through her position on City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Moore is a member of Greater Renaissance Baptist Church and often volunteers whenever and wherever she is needed to serve in her church. Brenda appreciates the outdoors and enjoys attending the many summer events in the city, including Jazz on the Jefferson, Light Up the City, and the Friday Night Live concerts. Mayor Pro Tem Moore loves her home in the heart of downtown Saginaw and is proud to serve the citizens of this beautiful city.
Michael D. Balls
Term Expires: 2022
Councilman Michael Balls is a lifelong resident of Saginaw and has dedicated his personal and professional life to the common good of others. He is a graduate of the Saginaw Public School System and Delta College Apprenticeship Program. Michael and his wife Lois have been married 29 years and have 2 sons, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
After 30 years, Councilman Balls retired from Saginaw Steering GM in 2007, and is currently employed at Nexteer Corporation as a Skilled Trades Machine Repair worker. He became involved in the UAW local 699 Union where he served on the Executive Board for 6 years; the Civil Rights Committee for 12 years; and the Diversity Committee for 4 years. Councilman Balls also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wanigas Credit Union. Under his leadership, Wanigas helped to coordinate the first annual Partners Forum on Revitalization for the City of Saginaw to provide awareness of affordable housing programs including down payment and home improvement assistance.
Councilman Balls is actively involved in making a difference in the community. Among the many organizations that he devotes his time to is the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He was matched as a Big Brother for the first time in 1990 and now serves on the Board of Directors. In 2012, Councilman Balls received the “Big Brother of the Year” award from the Saginaw County Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Councilman Balls has served on City Council since 2013 and is committed to building a stronger Saginaw for residents and local businesses. Councilman Balls believes in being accountable and socially responsible, principles which have guided him to be a strong voice in support of the community.
Term Expires: 2020
Annie Boensch's family lineage traces back to the 1800's in Saginaw's history. Her ancestor, Matthias Stoker, laid some of the city's first sidewalks. Another ancestor, Fred Dustin, is listed in the Saginaw Hall of Fame for his renowned contributions to the field of Archeological study. Herein lays the framework of Annie Boensch's devotion to the building and preservation of the city of Saginaw.
A mother of two children, Annie has a dedicated interest in the development and education of the city's youth. In past work, as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer, Annie was responsible for organizing an after-school tutoring program for middle school students. Along with her vested interest in education, Annie is currently pursuing a degree in political science.
Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mother and wife in the Covenant Area Neighborhood in the heart of the city, Annie worked closely with the public in retail, where she enjoyed her daily interaction with the varied and diverse people of Saginaw.
In 2010 Annie was elected Democratic Precinct Delegate and has experience working on various local campaigns. Annie has also served as Vice President of the Saginaw Area Young Democrats of Saginaw. Mrs. Boensch is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy.
Term Expires: 2020
Councilman John Milne was born and raised in Saginaw and is a proud graduate of Arthur Hill High School. Councilman Milne made his first attempt at running for an elected office, running as senior class treasurer. While unsuccessful, John then worked with the student government as parliamentarian. Councilman Milne attended the University of Michigan on a full scholarship as a National Merit Finalist. Entering into a career as a building maintenance and operations specialist, Councilman Milne returned to Saginaw to work for the City in the capacity of Maintenance Foreman, the youngest in the City employ at the that time. One of Councilman Milne’s accomplishments was providing set-up assistance at the downtown Police Station.
Councilman Milne’s work then led him and his future wife Wendy to Texas, where he founded and ran a number of small businesses, the most prominent being Nurse Aide Training Network.
Upon his return to Saginaw in 2003, Councilman Milne began the project of renovating the family home that was built in 1870. Councilman Milne became increasingly involved in local politics, running twice for Saginaw County Commissioner, and serving on the Saginaw County Retiree Healthcare Taskforce. He also joined the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority in 2016 and the Downtown Exchange Club. Councilman Milne was elected to City Council in 2016 and was recently appointed to the MBS International Airport Commission.
Councilman Milne enjoys mentoring future leaders in Saginaw through local events sponsored by the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations.
Term Expires: 2020
Jamie Forbes grew up just outside of Saginaw County in Reese but has been a resident of the city for nearly 8 years and investing her time in community initiatives and social justice issues for over 10 years. Taking classes at Delta College and Central Michigan University along the way, she graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, majoring in music business with a management emphasis.
After volunteering for many political campaigns locally and around the state, serving as President of the Saginaw Area Democratic Club, and graduating from the Great Lakes Political Academy, she shifted her focus to issue-based community organizing. As Executive Director of The Ezekiel Project, she was blessed to have the privilege to pursue systemic change in the following areas through the lens of racial justice: transportation, criminal justice reform, education, environmental justice and economic equity.
Jamie was in the inaugural class of the Henry Marsh Institute of Public Policy, now housed at SVSU, and is currently on the advisory board of this program which seeks to prepare regional leaders for civic service. She is a member of the 2015-16 class of Leadership Saginaw and 2017 class of Great Lakes Bay Leaders Institute.
She also serves as a board member of First Congregational Church, HealthSource and Counter Culture arts and music collective. She was chosen by Mlive as Saginawian of the year in 2017 and received the Save Our STARS award in 2018. Currently Jamie serves as Director of Outreach and Program Development at STARS (Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services).
Jamie is a proud member of the generous, welcoming, collaborative community of Saginaw and the surrounding region pursuing community development, social change, and celebration of diversity.
Bill J. Ostash
Term Expires: 2022
Councilman Bill Ostash is a lifelong resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region. He attended Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 1990. He majored in Computer Science, with a minor in Management. Since 1999 Bill has been employed at Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union, his current position is a program team leader.
Since moving to Saginaw in 2004, Bill has been very active in historic preservation of buildings in the City. Councilman Ostash served on the Saginaw Historic District Commission since 2006, serving as Chairperson from 2008 to 2014. While on the Historic Commission, he led the effort to complete Saginaw’s “Preservation Guidelines” to meet the State of Michigan requirements, as well as update the Historic Commission Bylaws. During his tenure on this commission, Councilman Ostash sought to bring awareness of preservation to the city of Saginaw residents, businesses and city staff.
In 2012, Bill moved to the Cathedral District with his husband Kevin. Together they have been restoring and finishing a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1893.
Councilman Ostash was elected to City Council in 2018, and is excited to keep Saginaw moving forward. He is humbled and honored to be part of the rebirth taking place in the city he loves and calls home.
Autumn L. Scherzer
Term Expires: 2022
Reggie Williams II
Term Expires: 2020
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