Stephen Gawron, Mayor
Mayor Stephen J. Gawron was elected as the 66th Mayor of Muskegon, Michigan on November 5, 2013 and sworn into office January 2, 2014.
First elected to the Muskegon City Commission in November 2001. He was appointed Vice Mayor in 2005 and held that position until the seated mayor resigned. Mayor Gawron was appointed by his peers to fill the remainder of the term in July 2012. He would stand for election in 2013 receiving 72% of the vote and taking the mayor’s seat in his own right.
Since serving on the city commission, Mayor Gawron has focused on the preservation of key services and city finances as well as the restoration of the core business district, Muskegon’s downtown. Through his tenure, the city has remained solvent and services maintained at the highest possible level even during economic downturns. Investment in the core business district now exceeds 200 million dollars over twelve years. Programs such as community policing and social justice have been expanded and are recognized nationally. Regional collaborations are also a key focus and he was able to bridge divides resulting in bringing two new municipalities into the city’s water system. Manufacturing is also a key focus and investment and employment continue to expand with a high level of collaboration with the private sector. Additional partnerships with governmental and private economic development agencies and the private sector are being expanded to position Muskegon as a multi modal transportation hub taking advantage of her one of a kind Great Lakes deep water port. He is also active with the Urban Core Mayors Association of Michigan meeting and communicating with fellow officials at Michigan State University School of Urban Affairs.
The Mayor’s journey into elected office began at the neighborhood level. He is a founding member of the Nims Neighborhood Association and served as president from 1994 to 2014. As one of fifteen neighborhoods, the key to the city’s strength is the organized efforts and involvement of her citizens, the Neighborhood Associations of Muskegon. The city government and her partners are nationally recognized for their annual effort in National Night Out Against Crime in August each year. The associations are a bridge fostering positive relations with the citizens and the people who serve them. The commission and city staff will take the commission on the road hosting wiener roasts and meetings in the neighborhoods on occasion and are regular attendees at monthly association meetings.
A home town boy, the Mayor’s family has resided in Muskegon for over 140 years and have been an integral part of her history as good neighbors involved in family, faith and citizenship. Accessible to a high degree, his family doesn’t like grocery shopping with him because of the impromptu citizen sessions in the produce section of the local grocery store.
Mayor Gawron is a 1980 graduate of Central Michigan University and a 28 year veteran of the Michigan Department of Corrections as a pre-sentence investigator. He has been happily married to his wife Susan for 32 years and has a son Jacob age 20. With their support and indulgence, he gladly serves the people of Muskegon.
Mayor Stephen Gawron may be reached at (231) 724-6701 or by email at Steve.Gawron@shorelinecity.com, or by using the contact form below.