City of East Jordan - Where river, lake and friendly people meet
201 Main St., PO BOX 499
East Jordan, MI 49727-0499
Phone: 231 536-3381
Email: info@eastjordancity.org
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Chris A. Yonker, City Administrator
cyonker@eastjordancity.org

Chris is the chief administrative officer of the City responsible to the City Commission for the administration of all City affairs placed in the Administrator’s charge by or under the City’s Charter.  He oversees all departments and is responsible for administering and enforcing the City’s policies and ordinances.  He is also one of the City’s head cheerleaders, always expounding on the virtues of working, living, visiting and doing business in East Jordan.  As the City Administrator, he is focused on fiscal responsibility and the revitalization of the downtown area along with the continuation and strengthening of the sense of “community” in our area.

Chris is a native of West Michigan, growing up in the Spring Lake/ Grand Haven area and graduating from Spring Lake High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences & Land Use Planning from Grand Valley State University in 1979 and his Masters of Public Administration Degree in Local Government Management from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1990.

Chris has been the City Manager for the City of East Jordan (pop. 2,351) since August 20, 2012.  He previously served for two & ½ years as the City Manager of Wayland, MI (pop. 4,079), fifteen years as the City Manager of Fremont, MI (pop. 4,081) and for 10 years as the Capital Budget Officer for the City of Evanston, Illinois (pop. 74,486 and home to Northwestern University.)  Prior to that, Chris was employed for five years as the Assistant Executive Director for the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission (pop. 100,000) in southwest Missouri.

Among his many professional activities, he serves as an advisor & staff support for the following City organizations: City Commission, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  He also serves as the City’s Zoning Administrator and Airport Manager.

While in Wayland, Chris guided the City to many significant accomplishments and projects:

• Combined several state grants and local bond funds to install new decorative LED streetlights from US-131 to and throughout the City’s downtown.
• Obtained state grants for the purchase of 26 acres along the Rabbit River and the construction of the new Rabbit River Park & Nature Trail.
• Assisted the Downtown Development Authority to apply for and receive designation as a Selected Level community under the MI Main Street program.

• Chris has relocated to East Jordan and is renting a house in the city until he can secure a new home.  He enjoys various outdoor pursuits such as hiking, boating, fishing and bike riding.  His wife Diane was most recently the Program Director for the Newaygo County Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts & a former 17-year veteran as the Ex. Director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce.  They have three wonderful children: Kristin in Grand Rapids, Evan in Fremont and Emilie in Breckenridge.
 

Paul Timmons
536-0845         
Term Expires 11-2015

 

John Doebel
536-0244
Term expires: 11/2015
jdoebel@eastjordancity.org

Commissioner John Doebel is a Senior Project Engineer for EJ (the former East Jordan Iron Works, Inc.).  He started with EJ in 1993 as a Project Engineer.  In this position John designs equipment, manages capital improvement projects and develops ideas related to the physical plant and equipment for the East Jordan, MI,  Ardmore, OK and other US facilities.

Prior to working for EJ, John has worked as a manufacturing engineer, delivery driver, racing engine machinist and a wood craftsman.

John holds an Associate of Science degree from Muskegon Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University.

John has been married to Julia for over 30 years and has four children – Jennifer (Joey), Janelle, Jarred and Jebbediah – and two grandsons – Josiah and Jonah
 

Mark Penzien, 
536-7031
Term Expires 11-2017
mpenzien@eastjordancity.org

Commissioner Mark L. Penzien is the owner of the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan and had previously served on East Jordan DDA prior to being appointed to the city commission. 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Olivet College in 1978 and Mortuary Science degree from Wayne State University in 1980.

Mark and his family came to East Jordan on August 28, 1986 at the urging of a friend in the funeral industry to work for RT Paullin in East Jordan and Mancelona.  That turned out to be a very fruitful relationship.  Mark and Cyndi bought both funeral homes on January 5, 1995 and then sold the Mancelona funeral home in 2003.

Mark and his wife, Cyndi have three boys, Mark, Kevin and Jeremy.

Mark is a member of the East Jordan Rotary Club and attends the Lighthouse Missionary Church
 

Russ Peck, Commissioner, Mayor
536-9578
Term Expires 11-2017
rpeck@eastjordancity.org

2013 State of the City Address

Tony Cutler, Commissioner, Deputy Mayor
906-748-0628
Term Expires 11-2015
tcutler@eastjordancity.org

Commissioner Cutler is a Graduate of Lake Superior State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics and Business Administration, Management. Born and raised in East Jordan, he graduated from East Jordan High School in 2001.

 
He currently works for Boyne City High School where he teaches Marketing and Business and is also adjunct faculty for Baker College teaching Personal Finance and Management for direct credit to Boyne City High School Students.
 
 
He has also managed and worked on several political campaigns in Northern Michigan including State House, State Senate, and U.S. Congressional races and is currently running for State Representative for Michigan's 105th District.

 

Michael Burr, Commissioner

350-0538
Term Expires 11-2015

 

 

Thomas Breakey, Commissioner
536-7892
Term Expires 11-2017
tbreakey@eastjordancity.org
 
   
Glen Thorman, Fire Chief
ejfd@eastjordancity.org
 
   
Tom Cannon, Parks Director/Assistanct City Administrator
tcannon@eastjordancity.org
 
Jay Peck, EMS Director
ejems5440@ejems.com
 
Cheltzi Wilson, City Clerk
cwilson@eastjordancity.org
 
Heather Jackson, City Treasurer
hjackson@eastjordancity.org
 
Dale Boehm, Police ChiefDale Boehm, Police Chief
dboehm@eastjordancity.org

 

Scott Beatty, City Attorney

 

Debbie Chavez, Assessor
dassess@gmail.com
 
 
Troy Thomas
Troy Thomas, Interim Public Works Superintendant
tthomas@eastjordancity.org

 
 
 
Planning Commission (7 members, 3 yr. terms)
Bill Dunson
536-2848
Exp: 12/31/2015
Lynn Carson-Vice Chair
536-2496
Exp: 12/31/2014
Bart Adams
536-0012
Exp: 12/31/2015
Vacancy
Exp: 12/31/2014
Jim LaBeau
536-2446
Exp: 12/31/2014
Ron Moreau
536-2559
Exp: 12/31/2016
  Jean Timmons
536-0845
Exp: 12/31/2016
 
 
Downtown Development Authority (8 members, 4 yr. terms)
Mary Jane Krumholtz
536-9906
Exp: 12/31/2017

Laurie Lessor Hodgson
675-3077
Exp: 12/31/2014

Tom Teske
536-3128
Exp: 12/31/2017
Barbara Worgess
536-7465
Exp: 12/31/2015

Dave Atkins
536-5511

12/31/2015

Daniel Miller
536-7303
12/31/2016
Dawn LaVanway
536-3183
Exp: 12/31/2016
Phoebe Gohs
231-497-4257
Exp: 12/31/2014
 
 
Board of Appeals (5 members, 1 alternate member, 3 yr. terms)
Vacancy
Exp: 12/31/2015
Ron Moreau
536-2559
Exp: 12/31/2014
Mike Baier
838-2875
Exp: 12/31/2015
Amy Sherman
536-2018
Exp: 12/31/2016
(Alternate)
Vacancy
Exp: 12/31/2015
Jackie Cutler
536-7763
Exp: 12/31/2014
 
Housing Commission (5 members, 5 yr. terms)
Brian Olszewski
536-3142
Exp: 12/31/2014
Vacancy
Exp: 12/31/2016
Cindy Penzien
649-5239
Exp: 12/31/2015
Doug Lilak
536-9925
Exp: 12/31/2017
Donelda Wandoff
536-0658
12/31/2018
 
 
Parks and Recreation Committee (5 members, 3 yr. terms)
Michael Burr
350-0538
Exp. 12/2016
Jenny Maher
350-0816
Exp. 12/2016
Cindy Thomas
536-0586
Exp. 12/2014
 Angela Nachazel
536-7375
Exp. 12/2015
Daniel Bennett
536-0653
Exp. 12/2015
 
 
Brownfield Redevelopment (5 members, 3 yr. terms)
Barb Worgess
536-7465 or 536-2092
Exp: 12/31/2015
Vacant
Exp: 12/31/2014
Vacant
Exp: 12/31/2014
Vacanct
Exp: 12/31/2016
Vacant
Exp. 12/31/2015
 
 
Board of Review (3 members, 2 yr. terms)

Mark Postma
536-0701

Exp: 12/31/2014

David White
536-7217
Exp: 12/31/2014
Tom Fender
536-7952
Exp: 12/31/2014
 
District Library Board (4 city members, 4 yr. terms - city appointed board members)
Janet Franklin
536-3639
Exp: 7/2016
Lynsey Saganek
342-3887
Exp: 7/2016
Roger Harchis
536-0890
Exp: 7/2014
Rhonda Zmikly
536-9557
Exp: 7/2014
   
 
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City of East Jordan
201 Main Street, PO Box 499
East Jordan, MI 49727-0499
Phone: 231-536-3381
Email: info@eastjordancity.org
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