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The City of Bessemer is looking for a new City Manager

Located in the gorgeous Western UP, the City of Bessemer is looking for a new City Manager

View of Bessemer from the Bluff at Bluff Valley Park

Bessemer is located in the middle of Big Snow Country and has some of the best downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling in the Midwest. Bessemer is located 15 miles from the pristine Lake Superior shoreline.  Black River Harbor has 5 different hikes with waterfalls going toward Lake Superior and Little Girl’s Point is an agate lover’s dream, both only 20 minutes away.  In the summer, there are miles of trails to hike, mountain bike, and ride with UTV’s.  Going through the city is the Iron Belle Trail, a paved, non-motorized trail, that connects Ironwood to Belle Isle Detroit.

The City of Bessemer is the seat of Gogebic County in-between Ironwood and Wakefield. Since the county consists of smaller cities, these cities combined make up much of the community. Ironwood (5 miles away) has shopping, two local theatres, an art center, brewery, and more. In Wakefield (6 miles away) there’s Sunday Lake with a nice walking trail and campground. There are consistent events and festivals for the community as well as different groups and clubs for biking, gardening, classic cars, and more.


Businesses and apartments in our historic downtown
The Iron Belle Trail going through Bessemer in early fall.

The City of Bessemer has a taxable value of $40,504,380 and is growing. The annual budget is $4.2 million. The City population is just over 1,800. The City is currently proceeding into Phase III of updating their drinking water system. Two Phases of water upgrades have already been completed by attaining State of Michigan and USDA funding.  The sewer system has also seen upgrades within the last couple of years and have also been completed with assistance from the State of Michigan and the USDA. The City of Bessemer is Redevelopment Ready Community Certified. Bessemer also has a Downtown Development Authority TIF with an annual income around $70,000 and growing. The City currently has 11 full-time staff split between the office and department of public works.

The City of Bessemer is striving to find these characteristics in our next City Manager:

  • Trustworthiness, respectability, and ethical behavior
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the mayor, the city council, community members, and staff
  • Leadership skills and experience managing a team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and good time management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to listen to all sides of an issue and negotiate resolutions
  • Public speaking
  • Ability to build a professional network with local City Managers, local officials, and business owners
  • Planning ability and novel decision making to promote the City of Bessemer
  • Grant writing experience, financial acumen, and budgeting experience
  • Extensive knowledge of community development programs and processes
  • Ability to use computers in accomplishing the work of community development and daily tasks
  • Flexible schedule to attend all necessary meetings including City Council, Parks and Recreation, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission, and Zoning meetings
  • Assist all commissions and boards with strategic planning and economic development projects
  • Knowledge and experience writing and searching for municipal grants. Please document specific experiences in your resume
  • Experience with zoning administration and enforcement
  • Proactive approach to development and strategic planning
  • Ability to work independently and within a team as necessary
  • Engineering, law, finance, or municipal experience would be beneficial
  • Bachelor’s degree or 5 years municipal experience

Salary range is $70,000 – $90,000 but negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. This position includes a 2% defined benefit pension, 2% HCSP, health insurance (medical, dental, vision), and paid time off (vacation, sick, personal, holidays).

If you’re interested in becoming part of our team in the City of Bessemer, please submit a letter of interest and resume to  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate whether you would like your application kept confidential.

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Cancelled Commission Meetings

The Parks and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 6th at 6 pm has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Thursday, July 11th, 2024 at 6 pm.

The Planning Commission has cancelled the July 2nd meeting due to lack of agenda items. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 6th, 2024 at 6 pm.

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Public Hearing for the Planning Commission June 4th

There will be a public hearing at 6 pm on June 4th, 2024, at the regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting. The purpose of the hearing is to provide comment on a site plan submitted to build a new multiapartment development on South Moore Street. Please contact or 906-663-4311, ext. 102, to view the plans. The legal description of the property is below:

SEC. 15 T47N R46W MAP NO. 26 PART OF SW1/4 OF NE1/4; SECTION 15 7/6 MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED: COM AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SEC. 15; TH S02°18’56”W ALONG THE WEST LINE OF THE NW1/4 OF SEC. 15 125.17’ ; TH S83°26’03”E 30.23’ TO THE EAST R/O/W LINE OF MOORE STREET AND BEING THE POB; TH S83°26’03”E 411.02’ TO A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH WITH A RADIUS OF 1355.90’ ; TH NORTHEASTERLY ALONG THE CURVE WHOSE CORD OF 324.21’ BEARS N86°54’01”E, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 324.98’; TH N8 1 ° 4 0 ’ 1 3 ”E 8 4 . 7 6 ’ ; TH N7 7 ° 0 0 ’ 5 9 ”E 2 7 . 2 2 ’ ; TH S02°24’06”W 188.20’ ; TH N87°26’44”W 841.84’ TO THE EAST R/O/W LINE OF S. MOORE ROAD; TH N02°17’13”E ALONG THE EAST R/O/W LINE OF S. MOORE ROAD 161.72’ TO THE POB. CONTAINING 2.88 ACRES M OR L. 666/988 (SURVEY) 666/979

Interested persons will have the opportunity to be heard at the time and place in this notice. No hearsay or individual surveys will be accepted as testimony; only written or oral presentation will be acknowledged. Written comments can be submitted to the City of Bessemer, 411 S Sophie, Bessemer, MI 49911, prior to the scheduled Public Hearing. Pertinent information is on file and available for public inspection in the Clerk’s office at City Hall during normal business hours. The City of Bessemer will, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities to allow equal participation in this meeting. Such aids may include qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments. We can also provide accommodation for those with mobility issues. Please contact Mandy Lake, Clerk at 906-663-4311, ext. 102, or 48 business hours prior to the meeting to arrange accommodations.

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30 Day Public Comment Period Open for Water Main Replacement and New Reservoir Project

The City of Bessemer received a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Drinking Water Systems Improvement Project. This project is for water main replacement and a new water reservoir with associated transmission main.

Any comments supporting or disagreeing with this preliminary decision should be submitted to Angela Yu at EGLE, Constitution Hall, P.O. Box 30457, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7957. They will not take any action on this project plan for 30 calendar days from the date of this notice in order to receive and consider any comments.

View the full statement and notice at: 7745-01 City of Bessemer, Environmental Assessment

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Public Hearing for Budget 4.22.24

There will be a Public Hearing for the proposed 24/25 budget for the City of Bessemer. This will be at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting April 22nd, 2024 at 6 PM.

You can view a copy of the proposed 24/25 budget here. You may also request a paper copy by visiting Bessemer City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911. If you need aids to understand, read, view, or otherwise participate in the budget hearing, please contact the Clerk’s office at (906) 663-4311 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Looking for Summer Workers

The City of Bessemer is looking for Summer Workers: three (3) 90-day positions and one (1) 120-day position. To apply pick up an application at Bessemer City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911 and make sure to return it by April 26, 2024.

The City of Bessemer is hiring summer workers for the summer of 2024. Responsibilities will include patching roads, mowing, cleaning up town, and assisting the Department of Public Works. Start and end dates are flexible. There are three (3) positions available for 40 hours a week for 90 days at $15/hr. and one (1) position available for 40 hours per week for 120 days at $15/hr.

Requirements to apply:

  • Must be 16 years or older and have valid driver’s license
  • Must be capable of physical labor and be able to lift up to 35 lbs

To apply pick up an application at City Hall, 411 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911.

Applications must be returned by 4:00 PM April 26th, 2024, in order to be considered for the position.

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Request for Qualifications – Code Enforcement Officer

Request For Qualifications

The City of Bessemer is searching for a contractor to conduct code enforcement and blight services to assist in enforcing ordinances and reducing blight within city limits.

The contractor will be responsible for, but not limited to:
• Becoming familiar with city codes and ordinances.
• Canvasing all the city streets and roads for code and blight infractions.
• Citing properties for code infractions, including writing citations using provided forms, working with property owners to address issues, and following up on citations issued.
• Attending court when needed.
• Upholding federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
• Providing monthly reports to the City Manager on the number of citations issued and the number of issues resolved.
• Providing recommendations to the City Council for changes to local ordinances and regulations as the contractor deems important.
• Assisting the City Manager on code enforcement and blight-related issues as needed.

Skills & Experience
The City of Bessemer will consider a variety of skills and experience. Skills and abilities required, but not limited to:
• Communication, including written and verbal communication.
• Problem-solving
• Conflict resolution
• Accountability
• Ability to prioritize tasks.
• Ability to take direction.
• Ability to work well with others.
Preferences will be given to contractors who have previous experience in code enforcement and law enforcement.

Equipment Needed
The contractor will need to bring their equipment, including a cell phone and a vehicle. A valid driver’s license will be required in addition to the vehicle. The contractor will be reimbursed for mileage driven within city limits at the current IRS reimbursement rate.

Working Hours
This position will work an average of 15 hours per week between March 1st and October 31st of the calendar year with the majority of working hours being recorded between June 1st and September 31st of the calendar year. Working hours are adjustable to the contractor’s schedule.

Pay is negotiated depending on qualifications.

Potential contractors can email their qualifications to Chris Frazer, City Manager at or mail them to:

Chris Frazer
City Manager
411 S Sophie St
Bessemer, MI 49911

The City of Bessemer will accept applications until the position is filled.

EDIT 3/4/24: Updated average hours from 20 to 15 hours. 

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2024 Combined Board of Review Schedule

2024 Combined Board of Review for Bessemer City, Bessemer Township, Wakefield Township, and Erwin Township

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 5 PM
Organizational Meeting at Bessemer Township Hall
10338 Mill Street, Ramsay, MI 49959
Monday, March 11th, 2024 at 9 AM to 3 PM
Wakefield Township Hall
414 North County Road 519, Wakefield, MI 49968
Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 at 2 PM to 5 PM
Erwin Township Hall
N8908 Van Buskirk Road, Ironwood, MI 49938
Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 at 5 PM to 6 PM
Bessemer Township Hall
10338 Mill Street, Ramsay, MI 49959

All meetings are open to members of the public under Michigan’s Open Meetings Act

This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended. The Open Meetings Act, MCL41.72a (2) (3) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Jeff Randall, Bessemer Township Supervisor, at 906-667-0423 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.