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Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners outlines priorities, sets agenda for 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Contact: Dina Sutton, 269-384- 8111,

Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners outlines priorities, sets agenda for 2021
Housing, Justice Facility project, strengthening diversity and inclusion top the list


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners tonight reviewed its priorities for 2021. The county board’s agenda includes increasing housing options, keeping the Justice Facility project on track, and strengthening Kalamazoo County Governments diversity and inclusion policies.


The number of people and families experiencing homelessness in Kalamazoo has grown exponentially since 2019, and this challenge has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Nov. 3, voters approved a millage to extend and expand the Homes for All program which will help more residents find affordable housing.


“Our residents come first, which is why we listen to their feedback and engage with the community so we can ensure Kalamazoo County Government is providing quality and consistent programs and services,” said Kalamazoo County Board Chair Tracy Hall. “Voters made it clear they support the county helping residents obtain permanent, affordable housing, which is why we are committed to creating solutions.”


“We’re proud of our employees at Kalamazoo County government,” said Kalamazoo County Board Vice Chair Tami Rey. “The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners will continue to prioritize a diverse and inclusive work environment where all employees feel valued.”


Kalamazoo County’s new Justice Facility — slated for completion in 2023 — will create many local construction jobs and once completed, streamline our justice operations, preserve taxpayer dollars and lay the groundwork for a more efficient e system in Kalamazoo County.


“Kalamazoo County’s goal is to provide equitable programs and unmatched services to promote the health and safety of all Kalamazoo County residents, all in the pursuit of extraordinary governance,” said Kalamazoo County Administrator Tracie Moored. “I applaud the Board of Commissioners for outlining an aggressive agenda this year.”


“Board Chair Tracy Hall has pledged to help improve the lives of Kalamazoo County residents, and so far, she has kept her word,” said District 2 Commissioner Zac Bauer. “I am proud to be part of this new era of Kalamazoo County government and will continue to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to ensure we provide services that promote the equity, health and well-being of everyone in Kalamazoo County.”



# # # Candidate Interview:
Fran Bruder Melgar
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October 19, 2020: Fran Bruder Melgar participated in an interview with to answer questions about her candidacy for Kalamazoo County Commission for District 11.

Watch the video here:

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Candidate Close-Up: Fran Bruder Melgar

October 5, 2020: Fran Bruder Melgar provides a candidate statement as she seeks your vote for Kalamazoo County Commission for District 11 in the 2020 General Election.

Watch the video here:

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"Covid will not defeat us, but it may define us." - Dr. Fran

U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) interviewed Fran in late April regarding her experience as a clinical physician during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the interview, she describes some of the day-to-day experiences and struggles of working with patients in this time.

She noted in a later Facebook post, "While we are no longer in the thick of this Covid pandemic, if we forget the unpreparedness of the last few months, we will be destined to repeat this crisis."

See the full interview here: