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PDF State of the City Speech November 2015
Officer of the Year Presentation at the 5/7/15 City Council Meeting
PDF Agenda for the annual Goal-setting Special Meeting conducted by the City Council on 11/8/14 & 11/9/14
PDF 2014-2015 City Council Goals
PDF Approved Collective Bargaining Agreements

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 for a two-year term, then re-elected in 2005.  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.  He has also been a member of the Traffic Safety Advisory Board since 2000 and was appointed to serve as the liaison to the Brighton Area Fire Board in January of 2007.

James has been married to his wife, Catherine, for 28 years and has a daughter, Elizabeth, 23, and a son Tyler, 17.

Mayor Muzzin can be reached at 810-229-4322 or via email.

Mayor Pro Tem, Shawn Pipoly

Shawn PipolyShawn Pipoly and his wife, Carrie, are lifelong residents of the Brighton area. Both were born and raised in the Brighton area and attended Brighton Area Schools. They have raised a beautiful daughter, Alexandra, who is currently attending Washtenaw Community College.

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.

Councilmember, Ricci Bandkau

Ricki BandkauIn Memoriam 1945 - 2015


Councilmember, Jim Bohn

Jim Bohn was first elected to Brighton City Council in November 2007 and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2011. Jim and his wife Patricia have been Livingston County residents for over 25 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 Computers, 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 works 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 Masters 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 27 years of working for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Currently, Patricia is working at Saint Joe's Ann Arbor as Transition Coach Case Manager.

Jim and Patricia have three grown children - Jessica 34 who after completing a Master's Degree in Music Composition at Michigan State University has resumed music teaching in the Brighton area. Stephen 32 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 29 is a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He recently completed his third deployment in the Middle East and is now stationed at Fort Vicenza in Italy.

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, 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.  Contact Susan via email.

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, Shanda Willis

Shanda WillisShanda Willis attended Brighton High School and has called Brighton home her whole life. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, practicing in pediatrics and women's health. She is now a Nurse Case Manager working with individuals who have been catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents.

She ran for a seat in the State House of Representatives, District 42, in 2012 losing to the incumbent despite a very strong campaign, winning the City of Brighton.

Following her appointment to the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission and ongoing attendance at City
Council meetings and other community events Shanda recognized that her lifetime skills and awareness developed as a nurse and business person was knowledge that could be used to support Brighton's continued thoughtful growth.

As a mother of twins Shanda is engaged as a parent in our community and schools. She is an official with the Michigan High School Athletic Association and is often called on to judge local events in addition to participating as a member of the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Recently she was certified as a Catastrophic Injury Brain Specialist (CIBS), adding to her professional credentials.

You can contact Shanda Willis via email.