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The Bay Area is guided by forward-thinking leaders and governing bodies, on the local, state and national levels, dedicated to improving the excellent quality of life discovered in this eastern Michigan region.

The City of Bay City is governed by a mayor, a nine-member City Commission and a city manager that administers daily tasks. City Departments, such as the Fire Department, Police Department, Parks Department and Planning Department, work diligently to meet the growing needs of community members. Various boards and committees, composed of both government leaders and active community members, help support and enhance different aspects of life in Bay City as well. City Hall is located at 301 Washington Avenue and can be contacted by calling 989-894-8200 or visiting online at

As the county seat, Bay City is home to Bay County government, led by elected officials including the County Executive, County Attorney, Clerk, Drain Commissioner, Sheriff, Register of Deeds and Treasurer. The County is also equipped with a nine-member Board of Commissioners, a group responsible for setting policies, creating and monitoring the budget, adopting ordinances and reviewing and signing contracts on behalf of the County. Bay County government is based at 515 Center Avenue in Bay City and can be contacted by calling 989-895-4130 or visiting online at

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