City of Ionia

City Council and Mayor

The City Council serves as the legislative body of the City and is responsible for setting policy and approving the annual fiscal year budget. The Mayor serves a term of four years as the chief executive officer of the City and is elected by the electorate on an at-large basis. Learn more about City Council from the City Charter.

City Council Meetings

Ionia City Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, Michigan, unless rescheduled due to a conflict with a holiday or in instances when there may not be a quorum of the City Council present at the meeting. To view regular City Council meeting dates, please visit our City Calendar page. Also visit our Meeting Agendas and Minutes page.

Meet the City Council Members

Not counting the position of Mayor, there are eight City Council members with two elected from each of the City of Ionia's four wards on a partisan basis for four-year terms. The City Council selects one of its members to serve as deputy mayor who, if a mayoral vacancy occurs, shall become mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term. For information about City elections and running for elected office, please visit the City Clerk's page.

First Ward, Gordon Kelley

First Ward, Council Member Gordon KelleyGordon is the owner of KDH Construction and lives on West Main Street with his wife Susan and daughter Keturah whom is currently in boot camp of the U.S. Marine Corps. Gordon also has two stepdaughters, Melissa who lives in Ohio and Judith-Hope whom is serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Gordon was elected to the City Council and began his term of office January 1, 2000.

First Ward, Tim Lee

Tim Lee has been a resident of Ionia since 2005 and is employed at Matcor Automotive. Tim has served on the Planning Commission since 2012 and recently served as Chairman. Tim and his wife Elizabeth have four children whom are enrolled in Ionia Public Schools, and reside on West Lytle Street.

Second Ward, Tom Millard

Second Ward, Council Member Tom MillardTom Millard has been a small business owner in Ionia for 25 years. During this time, he has served the public interest as a member of various community boards, including the Ionia Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Ionia Chamber of Commerce and the Ionia Theatre. Tom is currently employed with Life EMS. Tom and his wife Jani have been long time residents of West Washington Street, Ionia. 

Second Ward, Richard A. Starr, II

City Council met Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 A.M., and appointed Richard A. Starr, II, as Councilmember for representation of Ward 2.

Third Ward, John R. Milewski, II (Deputy Mayor)

Third Ward, Council Member John R. Milewski, IICouncil member John R. Milewski, II joined the City Council in June 2008. John has previously been a member of the Planning Commission since 2005, and had been its chairperson since 2007 until joining the City Council. He has served as the secretary to the Board of Directors for Relief After a Violent Encounter (RAVE) - Ionia / Montcalm for 9 years, as the communications chair for the Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County Board of Directors for 10 years and as the secretary to the board for Sparrow-Ionia Hospital Board of Trustees for 10 years. He is a City of Ionia representative to the Ionia Regional Utilities Authority (IRUA). John was appointed Deputy Mayor in the fall of 2019.

John is employed by Ionia County Intermediate School District as the Director of Technology, and also functions in that capacity for Saranac Community Schools. John resides with his wife Beth, and sons Will, John and James, on Lafayette Street.

Third Ward, Jeff Winters

Third Ward, Council Member Jeff WintersJeff Winters joined the City Council in January, 2006. Jeff is owner and an attorney at Winters Gorman PLLC, serving clients in and around Ionia County. Jeff and his wife Michaeline reside on Lafayette Street and have three children. Mr. Winters has previously served the City of Ionia as a member of the Planning Commission and he currently represents the City Council on the Zoning Board of Review and the Sign Board of Appeals.

Fourth Ward, Janice E. Gustafson

Fourth Ward, Council Member Janice E. GustafsonJanice has been employed with Independent Bank since 1981, and serves as Vice President Accounting Officer. Janice resides on Morse Street and is a lifelong resident of Ionia, graduating from Ionia High School in the class of 1977. Janice has one grown daughter Kelsey, who is a high school Spanish teacher. Janice is active in the community serving as the treasurer for the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail, and a member of the Ionia Community Band.

Fourth Ward, Troy A. Waterman

Troy was raised and lived in the Village of Muir. In 1991, Troy moved to Ionia and currently resides with his wife and family on Pearl Street.  Troy and his wife Kerry Ann Waterman are the proud parents of three daughters; Morgan, Makenna, and Molly.  Troy and Kerry keep very active with their children playing in different sports of basketball, track, pole vaulting, volleyball and school functions. Troy's family are avid campers and enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Troy is a manufacturing manager at the Ventra Ionia Main, LLC facility, and is pleased to be working in Ionia. Troy looks forward to serving his constituents as a City of Ionia council member.

Meet the Mayor, Daniel A. Balice

City of Ionia Mayor, Daniel A. BaliceThe mayor is responsible for recommending individuals to City Council to serve on the various boards and commissions of the city.

The mayor presides over meetings of the City Council and is considered a member of the City Council with a vote. 

Daniel A. Balice graduated from Ionia High School in 1978, Grand Valley State University (magna cum laude) in 1982 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology and Cooley Law School 1985 (cum laude).

Attorney at law Daniel A. Balice has a general law practice, Peterson Paletta Balice, PLC's in Ionia, where he has been practicing since 1985.

Daniel A. Balice was first elected to the City of Ionia Council in 1988 and became the Honorable Mayor of the City of Ionia in 1990. His father, C. Anthony Balice, was the Honorable Mayor from 1949 to 1961 and 1965 to1966.  

Since his becoming the mayor in 1990: 

  • The population of Ionia has doubled, and property values have increased by over $100,000,000.
  • A new wastewater treatment plant was built, adding two oxidation towers to accommodate the growth of the city and surrounding areas.
  • A new public safety building was constructed and gained accredited status.
  • A new City Charter was adopted.
  • The City has expanded its geographic boundaries and implemented a city income tax.
  • City property tax levies have been reduced.
  • The City has built new wells, implemented a wellhead protection program, and fluoridated the drinking water.
  • Rebuilt street, sidewalk, water, and sewer infrastructure.
  • Major expansion to City Parks and Recreation programs.
  • The City of Ionia obtained the title to the Armory Building at the corner of Main and Dexter Streets, which is now utilized as a Community Center.
  • Renovated and re-opened the Ionia Theater with over 100,000 people utilizing annually.

A lifelong resident of Ionia, Dan and his wife Janet have been married since 1985. Together they have two children, John and Leigh.

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