Fran Chickering has been a City resident since 1985, was first elected to the City Commission in November 2007, and became Mayor Pro tem on November 5, 2013. 

Fran Chickering SJCityIn first announcing her candidacy, Fran said, "I am proud to live in one of the premier cities in Southwest Michigan. While my goal is to see the city continue along a successful path of economic development and fiscal responsibility, most importantly, I'm committed to ensuring that the needs of our citizens always come first."

"My goal as a City Commissioner is to strike a balance between the challenges and opportunities of a changing city with what I see as some of the proven benefits of our long-standing city identity – what many have called our 'small town charm.'"

Specifically, as a City Commissioner, Fran's commitment is to:

  • Balance economic growth with the needs of our residents
  • Preserve the integrity of our neighborhoods
  • Maintain our city services in a fiscally responsible way
  • Promote efforts to attract year-round businesses and encourage people of all ages to live and work in our community.

Fran is a graduate of Duke University where she majored in Economics and Psychology and has a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She was engaged in private practice in St Joseph for a number of years and retired from the Law Department at Whirlpool Corporation in 2014. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Fran has held board member positions in numerous civic organizations including Women's Service League, Berrien County Council for Children, Indian Hills Garden Club and Edgewater Improvement Association. She is currently a member of Berrien Community Foundation.

Fran and her husband Bill have two grown children, Elizabeth and Will, both of whom were raised in St Joseph and graduated from St Joseph Public Schools.

Regarding city matters, she may be contacted by calling 983-7949 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Goff, a life long resident of the City of St. Joseph, was first appointed to the St. Joseph City Commission in 1986, and was St. Joseph's mayor from 1998 - 2007. Commissioner Goff was the first woman to be elected mayor of the five member commission.

Jeff Richards was first elected as a St. Joseph city commissioner in April 1984, and currently is the longest serving commissioner with continuous service to the community, two of those as St. Joseph's mayor.

Laura Goos is a native of St. Joseph, born and raised right downtown. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, in fact she’s a third generation SJHS grad (raising a fourth generation).

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Mike Garey was born in Benton Harbor in 1953, and moved to St. Joseph at the age of five. He is a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph High School.

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