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City Council Adopted Vision & Goal Statements


True to its heritage, the City of Brighton is an exemplary community that embraces and engages residents, businesses, and institutions. The City will continue this collaborative spirit and pursue enhanced partnerships to enrich the built environment, promote well-being, and nurture physical and social connections, while preserving fiscally sustainable core service delivery. 

Goal Statements:

  1. Fiscal responsibility is an expectation of constituents to be applied by City Council and City Administration.
  2. Exemplary services are a source of pride that will be pursued by balancing community priorities and fiscal restraint.
  3. Environmentally responsible practices are to be promoted and the City's natural spaces protected and enjoyed.
  4. An engaged, connected, and valued citizenry is a hallmark that sets Brighton apart from its peers.
  5. The well-being of the community will be protected by service-oriented officers and administrative staff through conscientious policy making that underscores health and safety. 
  6. The community will be enhanced by well-suited residential and commercial redevelopment.
  7. Citizens will have access to resources that support an active and socially enriched lifestyle.

Mayor Jim Muzzin

Jim MuzzinMayor Jim Muzzin has lived in the City of Brighton since 1987.  He was first elected to City Council in 2003 and has served as Mayor since 2011.  He has served as the liaison to the Brighton Area Fire Authority Board since 2007 and the Downtown Development Authority since 2011.

He started his city government involvement in 1995 when he was appointed to the City of Brighton Zoning Board of Appeals.  In 1997, he was appointed to the City of Brighton Planning Commission.  In 2003, he was elected Chairman of the City of Brighton Planning Commission and served in that role until his election to City Council in November 2003. 

Mayor Muzzin can be reached through the Office of the City Manager at 810.225.8022 or via email.  Mayor Muzzin is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November of 2019.

Mayor Pro-Tem Shawn Pipoly

Shawn PipolyShawn Pipoly, his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Alexandra, are all lifelong residents of the Brighton Area. All born and raised in Brighton and attended Brighton Area Schools.

First elected to the Brighton City Council in 2009, to a 4 year term, and as of 2013 is currently serving his second 4 year term. His other city experience includes the Principal Shopping District Board, starting with its inception in 2005, serving as Treasurer and Vice Chairman until 2012. He was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority in 2007 and remains as a current board member. Most recently he was appointed to serve on the Brighton Area Fire Authority Board.

Shawn owns The Shawn Pipoly Insurance Agency of Farm Bureau Insurance, which he started from scratch in 1988. His office is located in downtown Brighton.

Shawn and Carrie enjoy spending time with their families and friends, especially entertaining at their home in downtown Brighton.

He is available and welcomes any questions or comments via email or at his office phone 810-227-6552.  Mayor Pro-Tem Pipoly is currently serving a 2-year term, ending November 2019.

Councilmember Jim Bohn

Jim Bohn was first elected to Brighton City Council in November 2007 and has been twice re-elected to four-year terms in 2011 and 2015.  Jim and his wife Patricia have been Livingston County residents for over 30 years and have been Brighton City residents since April 2005. They currently reside in the Northridge Hills condominium development where they continue to enjoy maintenance-free living.

Jim retired from Ford Motor Company in June 2005 after 33 years of service. At the time of Jim's retirement, he was quality control manager of the Livonia Transmission Plant. After four short months of retirement, Ford Motor Company came calling asking Jim to return to work, and Jim spent the next three years helping Ford improve quality system performance at two former Visteon Plants that they were trying to sell. After this additional 3-year assignment, Jim officially ended his career with Ford in October 2008. After finishing his career with Ford, Jim spent three years working as an independent contractor for Apple, handling minor technical calls and selling Apple products. In October 2011, Jim rejoined the automotive workforce working as a contract engineer for Johnson Controls in Monroe, Michigan. In February 2012, Jim joined NYX Inc. headquartered in Livonia, where he continues to work as an Advanced Quality Planning Engineer.

Jim holds an Associate of Arts degree from Henry Ford Community College along with a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to the college degrees, Jim continues to be certified by the American Society for Quality as a Quality Auditor, Quality Engineer and Quality Manager.

Jim's wife Patricia is a registered nurse with over 30 years of working for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Currently, Patricia is working at Saint Joe's Livingston as a Case Manager.

Jim and Patricia have three grown children - Jessica (39 )who after completing a Master's Degree in Music Composition at Michigan State University has resumed music teaching in the Brighton area. Stephen (37) resides in Nashville, Tennessee and after dabbling in the music recording business, is now employed by Nissan North America in Smyrna, Tennessee as a human resource associate. Eric (34) is a sergeant in the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, Eric has completed three deployments to the Middle East and is now stationed in Miami, Florida managing social media efforts associated with recruitment.

Jim's hobbies include golf, walking, reading, computers and photography. Travel plans include regular trips to Naples, Florida where Jim and Patricia will eventually spend the winter months when they both decide it is time to retire for good.

Feel free to contact Jim Bohn at 810-623-2117 or via email.  Councilmember Bohn is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November 2019.

Councilmember Susan Gardner

Councilwoman Susan GardnerSusan Gardner has been a Livingston County resident for over 20 years and a Brighton City resident since April 2012.   Married to husband Jim and the mother of three grown children, Susan enjoys condo living in the heart of downtown Brighton with its shopping, festivals, and restaurants just minutes from her doorstep.   

Following an 11-year career with Checker Motors Corporation, a supplier of metal stampings who once assembled the iconic Checker Taxicab prior to its bankruptcy in 2009, Susan took her supply-chain experience to work as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army at its TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren.  Having endured Checker’s closing at the bottom of the recession, Susan understands furloughs, pay cuts, and the challenge of personal re-invention.  She believe this experience, along with her 20 years of private-industry and government employment, brings valuable experience to City Council in contracting, manufacturing, project management, and team-based planning.  

Having earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University while in her 40’s, Susan is a strong believer in life-long learning and active, connected support of her community.  With her move into downtown, Susan was immediately drawn to public service and was appointed to Brighton’s Planning Commission prior to her election to City Council.  Susan looks forward to getting to know many city residents and business owners while enjoying city life to its fullest. 

You may call or text Susan at (810) 360-3686 or contact Susan via email.  Councilmember Gardner is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November 2019.

Councilmember Renee Pettengill

Renee PettengillRenee Pettengill was appointed to Brighton City Council in February of 2016.  She and her husband Stuart have been married for 13 years and they have 2 boys who attend Brighton Area Schools.  She has been working in Community Engagement for Cornerstone Schools in Detroit since 2012 where she is the liaison for over 2500 Partners.
Renee hit the ground running, as she has been active in the community since moving to Brighton in 2010.  Renee spearheaded the movement to restore the Imagination Station in the center of downtown in 2011.  She took on the responsibility to bring the community together by complying with the orders of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and utilizing volunteers to keep the park open and running.  From the time the park was re-opened in the spring of 2011 until the last volunteer workday of 2015 there has been thousands of volunteers that have come to donate their time and efforts resulting in saving the taxpayers $20,000.00 a year.  Downtown Brighton has attracted volunteers from all over Livingston County and as far away as Port Huron.  Renee speaks to organizations around Livingston County about the unity of the City of Brighton and how they work together as volunteers,  merchants and city staff to maintain a community to be proud of.  

Mrs Pettengill was appointed to the Officer's Compensation Commission in 2015 and to the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2016.
Renee is passionate about the City of Brighton because of its quality of life,  its people,  its community.  She plans to work fervently with city council and city staff for the citizens to ensure Brighton continues to improve and remains an outstanding place to live and conduct business.  

The Pettengill family is proud to call downtown Brighton their home where they are often found enjoying the Imagination Station,  strolling the Tridges,  dining  and enjoying all of the downtown events.

Feel free to contact Renee at 248-797-0829 or via email.  Councilmember Pettengill is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November 2021.

Councilmember Kristoffer L. Tobbe

Kristoffer TobbeWith over 10 years spent in governmental services, Kristoffer has established an in-depth knowledge base of the mechanisms that move private and public organizations throughout Michigan. Kristoffer hopes these observations can be used to aid in the process of creating more efficient and effective methodologies that move the business of government forward through the use of technology as well as direct management and the reduction of bureaucracy.

Mr. Tobbe has managed numerous large technology projects, implementing technological and operational solutions that create improved communication and effective operational systems. Additionally, he has consulted on numerous ventures, both private and public, covering a variety of disciplines including strategy, development, managerial, technology, planning and marketing. Kristoffer believes in finding sustainable and viable options for challenges, both long and short term.

Kristoffer has a Master's degree in Business Management from Walsh College complimented by a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Kristoffer has been very active in the community since completing graduate school and moving back home to the City of Brighton, where he grew up. He has served as a Trustee on the Brighton District Library since 2009 and served as President of the Board of Trustees in 2010. Kristoffer has also served as sub-committee Chairperson for the Advantage Livingston countywide strategic planning initiative. In 2010 Mr. Tobbe was appointed to sit on the City of Brighton Arts and Cultural Committee and has assisted in initiatives such as regular sculpture replacement, City of Brighton World Café planning and strategy sessions, the planning of the Brighton's newest park - the Brighton Arts and Cultural Committee Sculpture Garden, the Brighton Veterans Memorial, and the newly revised Mill Pond area master plan.

As a member of our great community, Kristoffer strongly believes that integrity and actions speak volumes about a person. Humility and a strong desire to be a steward of, and for the people have led Kristoffer to public service and elected office.

Kristoffer and his wife, Courtney, own and reside in one of downtown Brighton's Main Street homes, which the couple purchased in 2008. Their family has spent many long hours investing in the property, happily call the old house their permanent family residence. Kristoffer and Courtney have three young daughters who they are very proud of. They absolutely love living in the downtown Brighton community and walk to town to enjoy dining, shopping, and cultural events.

Feel free to contact Kristoffer Tobbe via email.  Councilmember Tobbe is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November 2021.

Councilmember Jon Emaus

John EmausJon Emaus joined the Brighton City Council in June 2016. He has been a resident of Livingston County for ten years and a resident of the city of Brighton since November 2013. He has a son in Brighton Area Schools. In addition to volunteering for the Livingston County Veterans Treatment Foundation and the American Legion, he is a vocal advocate and active donor for the American Red Cross.

Jon received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He has served both public and private Boards for over ten years. Following almost a decade of domestic and international travel as a national insurance executive for hospitals and physician groups he relocated his professional life to Brighton and opened a law practice specializing in business law and corporate compliance. In addition to his business clients, Jon provides assistance to troubled youth and families as a court-appointed attorney in the Livingston County Family and Juvenile Court.

When not found in the kitchen improving his amateur chef skills, Jon can be found on the softball field or spending time with family, friends, and new acquaintances.

He welcomes any questions or concerns and can be reached via email or at his office phone 810-227-1700.  Councilmember Emaus is currently serving a 4-year term, ending November 2021.