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Allegan City Council

The Allegan City Council is comprised of 7 residents of Allegan, who are elected to four year terms by citizens of Allegan. From the 7 elected council members, a mayor is appointed in November of each year.

The Allegan City Council meets every second and fourth Monday nights of each month. Meetings are held at the Griswold Auditorium located at 401 Hubbard Street and start at 7:00 PM. Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change, but are always posted at City Hall and The Griswold Auditorium.

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Rachel McKenzie, Mayor
First elected in November 2009
Current term expires in November 2021
rmckenzie@cityofallegan.org

Rachel McKenzie has called Allegan her home since 1987.  After graduating from Allegan High School in 1994 and attending KVCC on a tennis scholarship, she opted for adventure and headed west. Arizona would be her first stop, then New York, and finally landing in Canton, MI. In 1999 she moved back to her hometown and became a full time resident. Enjoying the live-work lifestyle, Rachel has resided in Allegan’s central business district above her family’s business for nearly 20 years. Her experiences living in the economic heart of Allegan sparked her desire to run for City Council.

In November 2009, Ms. McKenzie was elected to the Allegan City Council and is serving her third consecutive term. In 2013 she was elected Mayor Pro-Tem and later Mayor.  Since 2016 she has held either position and is currently the Mayor for the City of Allegan. In addition to her time on council, Council Member McKenzie has served on various boards and committees and is active within her community.  In the last ten years, and with support from the community, she has been involved in several Capital Improvement Projects. Most notably, the Wastewater & Water Treatment Plant improvements, Jaycee Dog Park, the Allegan Welcome Center, and recently the Riverfront Revitalization Project.

Rachel is a volunteer for Positively Allegan, a local non-profit who hosts some of Allegan’s best events.  During any given season, you will find her on the Riverfront serving ice cold beverages or operating Allegan Police Department’s “Seatbelt Simulator” during Bridgefest.  Rachel is also passionate about community beautification and lends her time in the community garden as well as decorating for Christmas.  In 2015, she was honored by the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Community Pride and Promotion Award.

Rachel manages her family’s business and in her spare time enjoys renovation projects, all things DOG, and convincing herself that she can actually golf. She is the proud Auntie of Arthur, Blain, Emily, Noah, Shay, and Trenton, and a loving dog Mom to her ginormous pup, Ozzie.

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Charles Tripp, Mayor Pro-Tem
First elected in November 2011
Current term expires in November 2019
ctripp@cityofallegan.org

Life long resident of Allegan. Over 32 years of experience on various committees for the City of Allegan. Eight years on the City Council. Serving the residents of Allegan.


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Delora Andrus
Appointed in August 2018
Current term expires in November 2019
dandrus@cityofallegan.org

Delora Andrus was appointed to represent the people of Allegan on the City Council in August 2018, filling a vacancy that was created by the resignation of former Mayor Stacie Stotmeister.  The term she was appointed to will be up for re-election in 2019.  In her capacity as a Council Member, Ms. Andrus continues years of service dedicated to improving the community of Allegan.  She is focused on establishing additional recreation opportunities for residents, as well as capitalizing on the assets already available, such as the Regent Theatre and Griswold Auditorium. Ms. Andrus was appointed to serve on the Airport Advisory Board and Public Spaces Commission for the 2019-2020 year.

Council Member Andrus has been an active member of several organizations committed to the forward progress of Allegan and is passionate about creating a welcoming environment for new businesses and citizens alike.  Ms. Andrus has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority, the Arc of Allegan County, and the Allegan Jaycees.  She remains on the Night of Hope Auction committee and considers this one of the most rewarding experiences she has been involved with as it benefits the mission of Wings of Hope Hospice, which is to provide compassionate end of life care.

Ms. Andrus is nearly a lifelong resident of Allegan, having lived in Arizona and Nevada for periods of time, and is a graduate of Allegan High School. She is currently employed by the County of Allegan.

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Nancy Ingalsbee
First elected in November 2011
Current term expires in November 2019
ningalsbee@cityofallegan.org 

Nancy Ingalsbee has been on the City Council for 2 terms, and plans on running for her 3rd term this November. Council Member Ingalsbee grew up in Allegan, but moved to Kalamazoo after graduation. In 1971, she moved to California and worked in the legal field. A few years later, she joined the U.S. Ski Association as its Director of Government Relations, and was relocated to Washington D.C. 

In the late 80’s, Ms. Ingalsbee returned to California to work in real estate development and sell new homes. She then started a successful real estate-related business of her own in Sacramento, and later decided to sell the business and retire to the California Mountains.  

Lo and behold, she discovered almost immediately that the Klamath Alliance For Resources & Environment needed an Executive Director who could work directly with Congress. Goodbye retirement! In 2003, Ms. Ingalsbee retired from K.A.R.E., and returned to her hometown. 

When first returning to Allegan, Nancy was the Director of the Old Jail Museum and later wrote a pictorial history of Allegan that was published by Arcadia Publishing. Nancy treasures being on the City Council and serving the people of Allegan.

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Michael W. Manning
First elected in November 2015
Current term expires in November 2019
mmanning@cityofallegan.org 

Allegan City Councilman
Western Michigan University Graduate, BA
Owner/ Manning Investigations LLC Allegan, MI
Member Michigan Council of Professional Investigators


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Patrick Morgan
First elected in November 2015
Current term expires in November 2019
pmorgan@cityofallegan.org

 

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Traci Perrigo
First elected in November 2017
Current term expires in November 2021
tperrigo@cityofallegan.org

 Traci Perrigo was elected to City Council in 2017. Traci ran for City Council to work toward smart management of the growth of our city and working toward equity and inclusion of all residents.  For the 2018-2019 year, Council Member Perrigo served on the Historic District Commission and Public Spaces Commission. While serving on Public Spaces Commission, Traci and her fellow commission members developed the latest Parks and Rec Plan for the City. For the 2019-2020 year, she is serving on the Historic District Commission. Prior to serving on City Council, Mrs. Perrigo served on the DDA and Positively Allegan as a city resident.

 Traci was born and raised in Allegan, and is the youngest among 7 siblings. She and her husband, Tim, are parents of a daughter who attends University of Michigan, a son who attends L.E. White Middle school, and two adorable four legged kids. Mrs. Perrigo holds a Bachelor's in Business Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI) and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI). 

 Council Member Perrigo is an advocate for cancer research and has participated in Legislation Day in Lansing as a Health Ambassador.  For 5 years, Traci served as a Committee Chair for the Allegan All Sports Booster Club. Traci is an active member of the Allegan County Historical Society and has been certified in cemetery preservation. She invites anyone interested in cemetery preservation to join her on Saturday mornings during the summer months to help preserve Allegan's city-owned, beautiful Oakwood Cemetery.

 In her spare time, Traci enjoys reading a true crime novel or watching a horror movie. Another passion of Traci's is organizing and minimizing her footprint on our planet. During the day, she works as a Supplier Relationship Manager at the Perrigo Company.

 

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