Municipal Services

Sturgis is a wonderful community of 11,000 people located on the Michigan Indiana border in southwest Michigan. Full of thriving business and industry, wonderful neighborhoods, good people and a strong community, Sturgis is a great place to live, work, and play. Helping to make sure the community continues to be everything its citizens expect, the City of Sturgis works to provide the services and support necessary for Sturgis to remain a place businesses and people want to be.

Sturgis’ government operates with a city manager system. Citizens elect nine commissioners to represent them: two from each of the city’s four precincts and one member voted from the entire community. Following the election, the commissioners select a mayor and vice-mayor from their membership. A city manager is hired by the Commission and oversees the day-to-day activities of the City, implementing Commission policies and decisions. Regular meetings of the Commission are open to the public and held twice a month at City Hall.

The City operates several departments to oversee a variety of functions: Police, Fire, Public Services (PublicWorks); Community Development (Building, Planning, Zoning); Wastewater; Electric; Parks and Cemeteries; Recreation and Doyle Community Center; Sturges-Young Auditorium; and Administrative Services. They oversee everything from making sure your appliances have power and streets are plowed to maintaining the playgrounds for your children and providing a place to take in a musical performance.

Sturgis operates three utilities: a municipally-owned water, sewer, and electric system. These utilities provide first-rate services to residential and business customers throughout Sturgis at competitive rates. Efforts to improve the look of Sturgis are conducted by City departments such as the Parks and Cemetery Department. New trees, shrubs and flowers are planted around the city annually in a continual process to beautify Sturgis’ streets and neighborhoods, while City parks are maintained to provide recreation for all ages.

The Sturgis Department of Public Services (DPS) works to maintain streets in both summer and winter, while also providing services such as the citywide brush pick-up during the first weeks of April, May and October. Sturgis also operates a compost site where residents of the city can take their grass clippings, brush, and leaves; finished compost (soil) is also available for residents to take free of charge.

Sturgis has a full-time police force with 19 sworn officers. This includes one full time detective and a Youth Services Officer working in the schools. The department also has a reserve division and a VIP (Volunteers in Policing Unit) that assist full time staff. The department is heavily involved in the community, working on programs such as Bicycle Rodeos, teaching bike safety; Project Brittney, providing free child fingerprinting; Safety Town, a collaboration with the schools to provide a place for various safety classes; and participating in National Night Out.

The Sturgis VIPs also do regular patrols of downtown on Fridays and volunteer at numerous community events.

The Sturgis Fire Department is second to none in skill and achievement. The 3 shifts of 3 full time firefighters, Director of Public Safety, Deputy Fire Chief and 17 part- time firefighters are adept at using all of their specialized, state-of-the-art rescue and extrication equipment, all of which is beautifully maintained.

Sturgis firefighters provide quick response to more than 1,300 calls annually. Sturgis has a Class 4 ISO rating that keeps property insurance rates low.

For most City services, a citizen’s first stop will be City Hall, located at 130 N. Nottawa Street. City Hall holds customer service for the utilities department, as well as the offices of the City Clerk/Treasurer, Community Development, City Engineer, and CityManager. OpenMonday andWednesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, here is where you will be able to get most of your questions answered regarding City services.

The City also takes communications with our residents seriously. The City’s website is full of information as well as ways to contact City staff with questions.

The City also has a Facebook page and email newsletter, the eWire, to keep people informed. The City’s hard-copy newsletter, the Sturgis Wire, is sent out to all City utility customers on a quarterly basis.