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From the Desk of Mayor Kepley

Greetings, my name is Stephen Kepley and I am the Mayor of The City of Kentwood.  I am proud to say that Kentwood is a dynamic community of 49,184 unique individuals who are well educated and equipped for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. We are poised to assist and work with any enterprise that wishes to begin and grow the American Dream.   


Happy Veterans Day | 11/11/2015
On behalf of the City of Kentwood, I extend my sincere gratitude to the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military.  Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service to this great nation.

Committee Openings | 10/19/2015
The Mayor’s Office is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Economic Development Corporation, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission.  A link to the committee application can be found HERE.
Following is a brief overview:
Historic Preservation Commission:
This commission researches and establishes historic resources and points of interest within the City and assists in maintaining historical records and documents. The commission consists of seven members and meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 PM.
Parks and Recreation Commission:
This commission recommends and oversees programs for the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas of the City. The commission consists of nine members and meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:15 PM at the Kentwood Recreation Center.
Economic Development Corporation (EDC):
The EDC coordinates and implements economic development activities for the City of Kentwood. The committee consists of nine members and meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 AM.
Please join us in serving our community.  We would love to have you! 

Peacemaker Awards | 10/19/2015
Please join me in congratulating Judge William Kelly and Peter Letzmann for receiving the Peacemaker Award from the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

Judge William G. Kelly, has served as the judge of the 62-B District Court (Kentwood, Michigan) since 1979.  He has been a faculty member of Michigan Judicial Institute since 1985 and a member of the National Judicial College Faculty since 2002. He has also served as President of the Michigan District Judges’ Association and is the recent recipient of the Saint Thomas More Award.
Judge Kelly served on the board of the Dispute Resolution Center from 2006-2011. His onsite mediation program for Small Claims is now replicated in the 63rd District Court. He teaches a Small Claims Court class for the National Judicial College and stresses the importance for courts to establish a mediation program.
Judge Kelly attended the University College Dublin 1968-69. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1970 and then taught math in the Peace Corps, Ghana for two years. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1975 and is the proud father of five children.
Peter Letzmann, a Kentwood resident, is a graduate of Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  He was the City Attorney for Troy, Michigan for seventeen years.  He was also Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pontiac and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit. He is an active member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.  He has taught in the graduate school of Public Administration at Oakland University and has been an instructor at MSU, EMU, Oakland Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Washtenaw Community College. 
Peter has been a volunteer mediator at the Center since 2006. Since that time, he has donated over 1,000 hours of mediation time. He never hesitates to volunteer in a pinch, and he relishes the opportunity to mediate the most difficult cases.
Peter is very interested in the development of new mediators and actively participates in the Center’s internship program. He has also led two SCAO-approved advanced mediation training sessions for the Center.
-Mayor Kepley

Response to Campaign Literature | 10/8/2015
I trust you are well, enjoying the fall months of Michigan!  Fall is not just a time to enjoy football games or the change in colors, but also to have meaningful discussions  about  government policies and problems we face as a local community and a nation  as a whole.  I want to encourage participation by our entire citizenry to be informed on Kentwood's city governance.  When we get a chance to have coffee, you will hear how proud I am of our City; a City that has been well managed for decades.
You may  have  recently received campaign mailings  from  candidates whose materials hint  at  a lack of financial oversight and other improprieties by City officials.   The mailings  contained factual misrepresentations, caused public confusion, and called into  question the integrity and character of those entrusted with safeguarding the City's resources. I feel compelled to address these  allegations.

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