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The Empathetic Mayor’s Last Call, Show Him Some Love

Well Put & Well Served

… the system of governance we should strive for is the one we would accept without knowing what our role would be – whether we would be a renter or a homeowner; whether we would own a business or bag groceries at the supermarket.  Whether we’re a city commissioner, a member of the parks board, or someone in the audience of a meeting.  Whether we’re a senior on a fixed income or a young family with kids at TCAPS.”

~ Mayor Chris Bzdok, A Theory of Governance, 2010 Great Lakes Bioneers Conference

Put another way, run a City where the process is inclusive, information is readily available and digestible, and all feel welcome to participate and contribute. A system of governance where we engage & contribute despite knowing that the outcome might not go our way, but knowing that the process will reflect a shared vision and that the outcome will likely prove to be better because of a broad scope of input and diverse opinions. This is the style of governance that Mayor Chris Bzdok has brought to the Traverse City City Commission over the last 5 years, the last two years as Mayor. Tonight is the last night of this run. His leadership will certainly be missed (mayor wanted).

Thank you for serving, Chris.

I invite MyWHaT readers to show your gratitude to Mayor Chris Bzdok in the comments section below. Shower him with love or roast him, your preference. Either-way, let’s show him appreciation for guiding the community with unparalleled dedication and a commitment to raising the level of engagement across a broader swath of citizens.

 I’ll begin…


Dear Mayor Bzdok,

The community is a better place because of your commitment, grace and ability to articulate that critical nugget to surprisingly complex issues.  You brought a calming to City issues. Personally, there were several moments in the past two years where I came to you at the height of frustration, what hair I have left in full fury and flames, regarding a particular matter of the City.  You didn’t talk me down or explain how I was overreacting, instead, you explained the options for a path forward and promised, not as much an outcome as a course of action that would attempt to douse the flames. For that, I thank you Mayor Bzdok…and, don’t think that because you are no longer mayor that I won’t be showing up at your doorstep seeking similar council.

Thank you for your service!

Mayor Chris Bzdok & "first lady" Colleen Masterson-Bzdok in the Cherry Festival Parade

What’s your message for the Mayor?




  1. Max
    November 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Bzdok must be a fan of Rawls.

  2. Megan Olds
    November 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for your service, Chris!

  3. Richard Miller
    November 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Mr. Mayor,

    You have well modeled many times and in many ways the role of mayor: constructive, positive, broad, tolerant, and inclusive. We have been fortunate indeed. Your leadership, in style and content, will be greatly missed.

    Thank you!

  4. November 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Dear Chris,

    Thank you for taking the time and bringing the energy to do a job that is too often thankless.

    Traverse City is a better place because of your service.


    PS: Thak you Gary for using my favorite photo of the Mayoral Couple too!

  5. Marci
    November 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Thanks, Chris.

    Your intelligent calm leadership was an inspiration to many. Thanks.


  6. Katie
    November 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Chris, you are definitely a ‘class act’, in the position of Mayor. You always demonstrated calm, professionalism, and respect for everyone, along with your obvious passion for our fine City. Best of luck in the future!

  7. Raymond Minervini
    November 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you, Chris Bzdok, for your service as mayor. What an excellent job you did. Your presence on the Commission will be missed.

  8. November 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    thank you all for these kind words – we have a great community

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