The City of Eaton Rapids has a Council that is made up of five individuals. The Council shall constitute the legislative and governing body of the City and shall have powers and authority, except as otherwise provided in the Charter or Statute, to exercise all powers conferred upon or possessed by the City, and shall have the power and authority to adopt such laws, ordinances, and resolutions as it shall deem proper in the exercise thereof.
Mayor and Council are four year terms of Office. All elections take place in odd number years, with the Mayor and Council-at-Large being done in the same election year, and the Precinct Delegates in the alternate year. The Term of Office begins on the first day of January following the election.
The Mayor Pro-Tempore is appointed by Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor. The Mayor Pro-Tempore shall succeed to the office of Mayor when a vacancy occurs in that office and shall have and exercise the powers and duties of the Mayor when the Mayor is absent or unable to perform the duties of that office. The Mayor Pro-Tempore may resign from that office without resigning from the Council. If both the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tempore are absent the Council shall appoint one of its members to act.
The Council shall meet and organize at the first regular meeting in January following each regular City election. At such meeting, or within one week thereafter, the Council shall elect a Mayor Pro-Tempore and do such other acts as may be required for its organization and the conduct of its business.
The Council shall meet in the established Council Chamber, and shall hold at least two regular meetings in each month. Three members of the Council shall be a quorum for the transaction of business.
Mayor Paul Malewski
Paul Malewski and was elected in November of 2017 to the office of Mayor.
He lives Eaton Rapids with his wife Deborah (Jean Kline Senior Center Director) and Barney the wonder dog. They have a daughter, Andrea, who lives in Lansing with her husband Adam.
Paul came to Eaton Rapids in the fall of 1981 as a member of the newly formed Eaton Rapids Police Department.
Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Siren/Eaton Shelter, the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation and the Eaton Rapids Community Alliance. He is the President of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club. He is also on the advisory panel for the Families Against Narcotics (Eaton County chapter), the Eaton Rapids Health Alliance and the Eaton Rapids Public Schools Aquatics Education program.
Paul teaches both adaptive and recreational river kayaking to veterans and students in our community as well as providing adaptive services to people that have varying levels of physical limitations. He owns an Indian Motorcycle and is an avid fisherman and bicyclist.
Paul’s greatest joy is having the opportunity to serve those around me. He has dedicated over 35 years of his life to public service and hopes to give Eaton Rapids 35 more.
Our desire is to offer large city amenities in a small town setting. We strive to provide a high level of service in a timely and professional fashion. We encourage you to help us make Eaton Rapids a great place to live, work, recreate and raise your family.
Councilman Mike Harri
Precinct 1 is the South side of the City.
In his initial run for public office, Mike Harri was elected to City Council for Precinct One Representative in November of 2007.
Mike is currently the Information Technology Manager for a regional company.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Mike attended Michigan State University graduate studies program in communications.
Mike and his wife, Tammy, have lived in Eaton Rapids since 1995. Their daughter, Amanda, and son, Tyler, are both graduates of Eaton Rapids High School.
Councilwoman Pam Colestock
Precinct 2 is the Northwest side of the City.
Pam Colestock has been a life long resident of the City of Eaton Rapids. Pam worked for 20 years for Felpausch Food Center, which is currently known as Family Fare. The past 12 years she has worked in the property management industry. Pam currently works for the Real Estate Developer the Gillespie Group in Lansing, where she was recently promoted to the Project Management Assistant.
Pam has two Business Degrees, one from Davenport University in Sales and Marketing and the other in Paralegal Studies from Baker College.
Pam like to spend time going to movies, concerts and being with family and friends
Councilman Chad Burke
Precinct 3 is the East side of the City.
Chad is currently the Project Manager forAT&T Wireless, where he has been employed since 2000, and has held several positions in the company from Engineer to Programming.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Science, Information Systems Management, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in E-Business at Ferris State University.
Chad and his wife, Melissa, have lived in Eaton Rapids since 2005. They have four children.
Councilman Gary Wichman
Councilman Wichman is a 40 year resident of Eaton Rapids. He and his wife Cheryl have 4 grown children, all of which attended the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. Councilman Wichman is retired from PNC Bank after a 38 year banking career.
Councilman Wichman has served on numerous local boards and commissions including: ERPS Board of Education, ERPS Education Foundation, ER Medical Center Board of Trustees, Eaton Rapids Community Foundation, City of Eaton Rapids DDA, LDFA and Planning Commission. Councilman Wichman currently serves on the boards of the Eaton County Community Foundation, ERMC Foundation, ER Community Alliance, ER Marketing Alliance and the ER Development Corporation. Councilman Wichman is also active in his church serving on the leadership team.
Due to various community initiatives, Councilman Wichman believes the Eaton Rapids Area is poised to move forward as a vibrant and energetic Mid Michigan Small town. He is especially excited about he prospects for our downtown and its ability to become a draw for visitors as well as to generate new residents for the Eaton Rapids area. Councilman Wichman looks forward to being part of the leadership team that aids in this important period for Eaton Rapids.