Imlay City, 2020 was quite a year! I am just so proud to be a part of this community.

This was a complicated year. The city successfully operated during COVID and without a city manager for quite some time. I’m so thankful to the commission, our amazing department heads, numerous boards and volunteers, our new city manager and a city hall staff that whole-heartedly stepped up.

I’m thankful for a police chief and police force that has had the wisdom to make decisions based solely on the needs of our community and a fire chief and firefighters who continued to show us their passion and commitment to our city.

Our schools flourished under the direction of the school board and Dr. Cameron, implementing new rules and changes almost daily. Thank you teachers and school staff! I’m grateful you’ve undertaken this unprecedented task and your community could not be more appreciative for your dedication to the children of Imlay City.

To Imlay City’s business community—you have suffered. You continue to reinvent yourselves to serve your community and we are aware of the hardships you’ve had to endure. Your drive and determination has earned your community’s support and we’re here for you.

To the kind citizens of Imlay City, my respect and affection goes out to all of you. We’ve lost some very dear people and they will be greatly missed.

It’s 2021 and I am confident going forward. Imlay City is a strong, proud and supportive community full of happiness, wonderful neighbors and caring friends.

I wish you all a healthy, safe and happy new year. May all of your wishes come true!
In appreciation,

—Joi Kempf,
Mayor of Imlay City