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Accepting Applications for City Manager

Bessemer City Council is seeking a new City Manager. They are looking for someone with grant writing knowledge and financial acumen. A background in engineering, law, finance, or municipal experience is beneficial but not required.

City Manager base salary is $70,000 but negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. Includes 2% defined benefit pension plus other benefits.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the City Manager, Jennifer Adams at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate whether you would like your application kept confidential.

Any questions can be directed to the outgoing City Manager, Jennifer Adams at or 906-663-4311 ext. 4.

The full job description can be found here.

Edited September 13th, 2023:

Submit your resume and letter of interest to the City Secretary at Any questions can be directed to Samantha at 906-663-4311 ext. 108.

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Accepting Applications for Clerk/Treasurer

The City of Bessemer is seeking candidates for a Clerk-Treasurer. This is a full-time position which includes a 2% defined benefit pension plus other benefits. Base salary is $56,000 but negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

The City is looking for a self-starter with an accounting or similar degree. Please submit a resume to the City Manager at Please indicate if you would like your application kept confidential. Applications will be accepted until end of business on Friday, September 8, 2023.

City of Bessemer
Job Description
City Clerk/Treasurer

Position Summary: The City Clerk/ Treasurer is responsible for the overall financial management and keeping of legal documents of the City under the direction of the City Manager and the City Council.
Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for all accounting functions, month end financial statements, and assisting auditor for year-end audit
    • Send out and collect property taxes
    • Manage City investments within Michigan Municipal Law
    • Conduct all elections according to Michigan Election Law
    • Attend and keep minutes of all meetings of the City Council
    • Responsible for maintenance and safekeeping of City documents, records, files, etc.
    • Responsible for collection of all monies owed to the City and timely deposits thereof
    • Work with and coordinate responsibilities with County Clerk, County Treasurer, County Equalization Director, City Assessor and other various entities
    • Oversee utility billing, accounts payable and payroll
    • Keep up to date on State issues and new laws relevant to City business
    • FOIA coordinator
    • Perform any and all duties and assignment as directed by the City Manager

Preferred qualifications for employment:

    • Extensive knowledge of general accounting procedures, ideally experience in governmental accounting.
    • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, financing, or a similar field.
    • A knowledge of operating computers and common software.
    • The ability to direct and schedule duties and work effectively with other departments, the public, and other governmental agencies.
    • Able to communicate effectively in writing and public speaking. Must be able to serve the public in a courteous and knowledgeable manner.


Updated 8/31/2023

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Hillcrest Cemetery

Because of ground conditions, vehicular traffic will not be allowed in Hillcrest Cemetery until Friday, May 19th, 2023. We appreciate your understanding and patience while we get the Cemetery ready for the 2023 season.

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Downtown Development Authority Meeting Rescheduled

The regular meeting of Bessemer’s Downtown Development Authority has been rescheduled for May 25th, 2023 at 6 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers.

There will be an informational presentation at the beginning of the meeting going over how TIF money is spent by the DDA. Call or email Samantha at 906-663-4311 ext. 108 or with any questions or concerns.

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Public Hearings for Amending the Zoning Ordinance

Notice is hereby given that two Public Hearings will be held by the Bessemer Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission will hold their hearing on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 6:00pm and give their recommendation to the City Council. The City Council will hold their public hearing on Monday, June 12, 2023, at 6:00pm and make the final determination. Both meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at the Bessemer City Hall.

The purpose of these hearings is to hear comments on amending the zoning ordinance to allow self-storage facilities as permitted with conditions in zones C-2 and CE.

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.  You can send your comments to Jennifer Adams, City Manager, at or drop them in the city’s drop box at 411 S Sophie prior to the meeting.  Staff will read these at the council meeting. 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 Kristie Peterson, Clerk at 906-663-4311 ext. 2 or 48 hours business hours prior to the meeting to get this set up.

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30 Day Public Comment Period Opens for Drinking Water System Improvements Project

The City of Bessemer received a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Drinking Water Systems Improvement Project. This project will replace lead service lines found within the city, replace water mains on Osmose Road and East Colby Street, and upgrade the Tilden Tank and Rock Bluff Reservoir to meet 10 State Standards.

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: 7608-01 City of Bessemer, Environmental Assessment (