City of Ionia

Welcome to the City of Ionia, Michigan

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the City of Ionia is a dynamic community of more than 10,000 residents and 60,000 county wide. Come share the beauty, charm and history of Ionia.

A Great Place to Live

Welcome to the City of IoniaThe City of Ionia is the largest city and the county seat of Ionia County, Michigan.

The City of Ionia is located mostly within Ionia Township, with small portions extending into Easton Township and Berlin Township, but we are politically autonomous of the townships. Google Map

Here on our website, you can quickly find information you need. Download files, make applications, get connected, and learn about our City. We are happy to assist you. If questions, please phone City offices at 616-527-4170.

History Meets a Vibrant Future

Visit Downtown IoniaCome savor the simple pleasures of life in Ionia and discover the many benefits our City has to offer.

Ionia is nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley, “In the Middle of it All.” Our city features a beautifully renovated downtown business district and a modernized industrial center.

Ionia offers picturesque countryside along the scenic Grand River, rich farm lands, beautiful homes and a central location with easy access to Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Ionia is home to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities where our history is combined with a vibrant future. Our area offers excellent educational programs and a broad spectrum of medical services.

Whether you want to attend inviting events, walk along the Grand River or our extensive rail trails, enjoy our neighborhood parks and state recreational area, visit the Ionia County Museum, buy from the local farm markets, catch a current movie at the historic and beautifully restored Ionia Theatre, or view creations of local artisans, it is available to you in Ionia.

We are proud to share the beauty, charm and history of our community, as well as the fun, exploring, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining. Situated along the scenic Grand River, conveniently located just a few minutes north of I-96, Ionia offers a central location for day trips to Lake Michigan, as well as easy access to downtown areas of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many other regional attractions. Our vibrant community is family friendly and retains the charm of its origins, yet has a strong link to the future. Our beautiful historic Downtown District features a unique blend of shops and eateries.

Here in Ionia, we put our heritage proudly on display in the present. Ionia’s blend of past, present and future, with it’s proximity to nature, culture and industry, makes it the perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or longer… Rich with history, neatly restored, and positioned for future growth, we think you will find Ionia a great place to visit and an even better place to live.

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City Mayor Daniel A. Balice

City of Ionia Mayor, Daniel A. Balice
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City Manager

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Meeting Schedule

Meeting Reminder red pinThe current year schedule for City Council, Planning Commission, and Downtown Development Authority meetings, are available to view at the following link:

Ionia City Hall:
Resources and Answers

Ionia City HallWhether you are a long-time resident, someone new to our community, a current business, or a new business looking to grow and expand, the City of Ionia wants to be helpful to you. Please look to us for answers, resources and ideas.

Check out our handy Search engine, our Staff directory, and our City calendar. You can make Online payments, download Meeting agendas and minutes, find out about Planning and zoning... and if you have a question or concern, you may Write to us here.

You may also phone us at 616-527-4170. Thank you for your interest and participation with the City of Ionia.

City News

City of Ionia Fireworks Display

The City of Ionia 2022 Fireworks Display will be on Thursday, June 30 at 10:10 PM. The launch will be from the Ionia Fairgrounds. Make sure to come early to get a good seat and to enjoy the music and entertainment featured at the Uncle Sam Jam.

The Rotary Club of Ionia will be hosting the annual Uncle Sam Jam starting at 6:00 PM. This event will be located on the lawn across from the fairgrounds.

For more information, see the attached flyer or contact the Ionia DDA at (616) 527-1420.

Use of Fireworks – Independence Day Holiday

USA Flag and FireworksChapter 692 of the City Code establishes standards for the use of consumer fireworks in the City. In terms of the Independence Day Holiday (July 4th), consumer fireworks MAY be ignited after 11:00 am and before 11:45 pm from Wednesday, June 29th to Monday, July 4th.

Hiring Election Workers

The City of Ionia Clerk’s Office is recruiting citizens 18 years or older to serve as paid Election Workers for the August 2, 2022, and November 8, 2022, elections. Workers will be paid $15/hr to attend a 3-hour mandatory training session and to work the elections. You are not required to live within the City of Ionia to be an Election Worker.

To apply: Submit the State of Michigan Election Inspector Application to the City of Ionia Clerk’s Office via email at, by mail, or in person at the Ionia City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. Questions? Contact the Ionia City Clerk Mary Patrick at (616) 523-0145 or by using the email provided above.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, Friday, July 1, 2022.

Job Posting - Theatre Shift Manager

The City of Ionia is seeking qualified applicants for the part-time position of Theatre Shift Manager at the Ionia Theatre. Duties include opening and closing the Theatre for movies and events, overseeing concessions and ticketing, preparing projection rooms for movies, supervising staff and volunteers, and other duties as assigned.

Position reports to the Theatre Director. Requires graduation from high school or equivalent. Minimum experience of two years in a retail/office/customer service environment preferred. Proficiency with sales registers/computers and related equipment necessary. Current wage: $10 - $12 per hour. Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful completion of the required drug screen and training period. Please send resume and completed City of Ionia job application to City of Ionia, Human Resources, 114 N Kidd Street, PO Box 496, Ionia MI 48846.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, July 13, 2022. EO/ADA Employer.

Job Posting - Department of Utilities Operator

The City of Ionia is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Department of Utilities Operator. Duties include pumping and processing water for distribution, waste water treatment, maintaining related records and files as required by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), assisting the public, and other duties as assigned. Work hours include weekdays, weekends, and holidays, along with occasional on-call duties.

Position reports to the Director of Utilities. Requires graduation from high school or GED and ability to become licensed by EGLE in water production, water distribution, and/or waste water treatment. Minimum experience of two years in construction, plumbing, or related field preferred. Starting wage for an operator-in-training (no license) per the collective bargaining agreement: $19.13 per hour; $27.18 after two years. With license, operator starting wage is $22.16; $28.25 after two years, plus annual licensure bonus(es). Overall compensation package includes excellent fringe benefits, with paid vacation and sick leave, outstanding family health insurance, hybrid pension plan, and 7% employer-funded deferred compensation plan, among other benefits. Successful completion of pre-employment physical and drug testing required after offer of employment.

Please send cover letter, resume, and completed City of Ionia job application (provided below) to Precia Garland, City Manager, 114 N. Kidd St., PO Box 496, Ionia MI 48846 or Applications are due by 4 PM, July 22, 2022. EOE.

August 2, 2022 Primary Election

Vote August Primary Election 2022Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

City Clerk Election Office Hours will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Clerk's Office at City Hall. City Hall is located at 114 North Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846.

Reminder: Polls will be open, on August 2, 2022, from 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M., at the Ionia Armory Community Building for City residents who wish to vote in person. An accessible entrance is located on the southeast side of the building at 439 West Main Street. Same-day voter registration will be available at the Armory in the first-floor conference room on Election Day.

The City Clerk can be reached for all election-related questions via email at or by calling (616) 523-0145.

Ionia Harvest Market

The Ionia Harvest Market (formerly Ionia Farmers’ Market) kicks off Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ionia Rotary Hoppough Pavilion on the corner of Steele and Adams Street. Fresh fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, honey, bedding plants, crafts and so much more are welcome. Vendors may register for a seasonal or daily pass. Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, WIC, Bridge, and SNAP programs are welcome. Join us for a visit or as a vendor beginning each Saturday from June through October 1st. For more information, contact Elizabeth by email at

Visit the Ionia Harvest Market Facebook page for the latest information and updates.

Public Hearing Notices

​City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on July 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM, to receive comments on Ordinance No. 565, which will rezone 77 parcels along E. Main Street from R1 Single-Family Residential to RT Two-Family Residential.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will conduct a Public Hearing on July 11, 2022, at 6:30 PM, to receive comments on the temporary use request from The Machine Three, LLC. to utilize temporary structures at 29 Beardsley Road for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months.

The Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on July 13, 2022, at 4:30 PM, to receive comments on the Final Site Plan request submitted by Mark Purkey, LLC. for an expansion to the existing gas station at 703 W. Lincoln Ave.

The Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on July 13, 2022, at 4:30 PM, to receive comments on Ordinance No. 566 that would amend Chapter 1286 of the City of Ionia Codified Ordinances entitled Miscellaneous Regulations and the Schedule of Regulations in Appendix I.

To view the corresponding public notices; click on the files below.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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