Communications

Thomas Koch

Responsibilities 

The Communication Manager is responsible for external communications between city departments in the community.

Thomas Koch is the Communication Manager for Ypsilanti, where he has lived since 2017. He has always had a strong passion for building relationships in groups of any size and embracing his local community. Tom has always been fond of Ypsilanti for its diversity and support for the performing arts and recently received his degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University. He enjoys seeing live shows, video games, disc golf, and reading in his free time. You can reach him at tkoch@cityofypsilanti.com.

-LEIN Certified: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 (A) & (B).

-Criminal Justice Agency Security Awareness Training

-Public Relations writing

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  1. Black History Month

    Honoring February as Black History Month

    Proclaiming February as National Black History Month within the City of Ypsilanti. Read on...
  2. Jimmy Moore

    In recognition of Black History Month

    James "Jimmy" Moore - First Black American Chief of Police (1978-1983) Read on...
  3. Marilyn Moore

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Marilyn Lejean Horace-Moore - City of Ypsilanti's First Female Black Detective (1982), First Black Sergeant (1986), and First Female Lieutenant (1990) Read on...
  4. Floyd Walls

    In Recognition of Black History Month

    Floyd Walls II - Fire Department's first African-American firefighter and first person of color appointed chaplain - 1966 Read on...
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    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: March 20, 2024 Planning Commission

    Public hearings will be held by the Ypsilanti Planning Commission at their regular March 20, 2024 Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE - ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS SPECIAL MEETING

    There will be a Special Zoning Board of Appeals meeting this Thursday, February 29th, at 7 pm. Read on...
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    In Recognition of Black History Month

    Boxing legend Joe Louis visits Ypsilanti at the height of his career in 1938 Read on...
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    In Recognition of Black History Month

    Members of Ypsilanti’s Palm Leaf Club, the oldest African American women’s social and charitable organization in Ypsilanti Read on...
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    In Recognition of Black History Month

    Charles "Chief" Eugene Beatty became Michigan's first black school principal at Harriet School in Ypsilanti - 1940 Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: UMS Returns to the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Spring 2024

    UMS will launch a new season of events at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, with four weeks of programming for all ages starting April 4th, 2024. Performances and events are free or pay-what-you-wish, with priority access to Ypsilanti residents on March 5th. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: EARLY VOTING CANVASS

    In compliance with MCL 168.720j, you are hereby informed of the following details regarding the Precinct Canvass of Early Votes. Read on...
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    In Recognition of Black History Month

    John Burton, the First African American Mayor in Ypsilanti, and at the same time, becoming one of the First African American Mayors in Michigan, 1967 Read on...
  13. 1860

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Ypsilanti's Black community is bound by blood to one of the most iconic events in in the history of the Black freedom struggle Read on...
  14. Emancipation Day

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Occurring from the 1850s until the 1930s, Ypsilanti’s August 1 Emancipation Day Celebration is considered the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in North America Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION MEETING

    The Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission will hold a Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. Read on...
  16. First Ward All Black School

    In recognition of Black History Month

    The History Of Ypsilanti's First Ward All-Black School Read on...
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    In recognition of Black History Month

    The Second Baptist Church- second oldest black church in Ypsilanti Read on...
  18. Adams school 1919

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Interactive Map of 1910 Ypsilanti African American Community Read on...
  19. Document

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Kenneth Hobbs - The first African American Fire Chief of the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department (YFD)- June, 2019 Read on...
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    In recognition of Black History Month

    Ypsilanti's Black Civil War Heroes Read on...
  21. A-P-Marshall

    In recognition of Black History Month

    A. P. Marshall The city’s historic African-American community historian and recorder of the A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive Read on...
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    In recognition of Black History Month

    Mattie Dorsey, Ypsilanti City Council member & Activist The first Black woman to be elected to Ypsilanti's city council in 1975 Read on...
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    In Recognition of Black History Month

    Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875 – 1950), the “Father” of Black History Month Read on...
  24. Desirae

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Desiraé Simmons, Council Member - Shoutout to all the mommas, sistas, and daughters who have sustained us in the past and who will continue as we move into the future. Read on...
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    In recognition of Black History Month

    First Black woman to be appointed to the mayoral role in 2020 Read on...
  26. Nicole Brown

    In recognition of Black History Month

    Nicole Brown becomes first Black woman elected mayor of Ypsilanti Read on...
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    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: February 21, 2024 Planning Commission

    A public hearing will be held by the Ypsilanti Planning Commission at their regular February 21, 2024 meeting Read on...
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    Washtenaw County hosting its Second Annual Small Business and Procurement Fair on March 15th

    The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is hosting its second annual Small Business and Procurement Fair next month on Friday, March 15th. Read on...
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    City of Ypsilanti Newsletter - February

    It's February, signifying that this month's City of Ypsilanti Newsletter is now available! Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Ward 2 Vacancy Candidates

    Patrick McLean was appointed Ward 2 - City Council member on January 23rd, 2024. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Early Voting Public Information Event on February 13th

    An Early Voting public information event held by the Washtenaw County Election Commission will occur on February 13th, 2024, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center. Read on...
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    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: February 6, 2024 City Council Meeting

    The City of Ypsilanti City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the 7:00 p.m. regular meeting of City Council in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, One South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Read on...
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    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: February 6, 2024 City Council Meeting

    The City of Ypsilanti City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the 7:00 p.m. regular meeting of City Council in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, One South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice of Registration for the February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of City of Ypsilanti who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the City Clerk; the office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State branch office, or other designated state agency. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Election Commission Special Meeting

    The Ypsilanti Election Commission will hold A Special Meeting on February 5, 2024, at 9:30 am in City Council Chambers located at One South Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: City Council Virtual Access

    The Ypsilanti City Council will hold an In-person/Virtual Hybrid Meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 7:00 PM. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Domino’s awards $25,000 in grants for Ypsilanti

    The City of Ypsilanti has been selected for the Plowing for Pizza program through Domino's Pizza and is to be awarded $25,000 in snow plowing grants. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Voter ID Cards "Return Service Requested"

    Due to our precinct consolidation, a large batch of Voter ID cards were recently mailed to voters. The card aims to inform residents of their polling location, which did not change with the consolidation. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE Radon Test Kits Available starting January 10th

    Radon Testing kits are on sale for $5.00 for January. The regular price is $10.00; starting January 10th, you can pick them up at the Clerk's Office and through the remainder of the year. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Finalists have been selected for the City Manager search

    Finalists have been selected for the City Manager search. The City Council will interview the finalists on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 beginning at 6 PM. Read on...
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    City of Ypsilanti Newsletter - January 2024

    The City of Ypsilanti Newsletter for January 2024 is now available: https://cvcpl.us/6r5wwsN Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Administrative Offices Holiday Closure

    City Administrative Offices will be closed for the Winter Holiday from December 25th to January 2nd. The standard business hours will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024, at 8:00 AM. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Voting Precinct Consolidation

    Starting with the Presidential Primary Election in February 2024, Ward 2 Precincts 1-3 are consolidating as well as Ward 3 Precincts 2-3. No polling locations have changed. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Early Voting with the Presidential Primary

    All voters in Washtenaw County will have the option to cast their ballot early, in person, from February 17th-February 25th, prior to the February 27, 2024, Presidential Primary. Read on...
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    CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: FOREST ST BRIDGE

    The Forest Street Bridge is open to traffic for the winter! A protected pathway has been provided on the south side of the bridge for pedestrians, as sidewalks will be completed in Spring 2024. The intersection of Forest and Rice is also open. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Department of Public Services Closure

    Compost passes, bulk item & trash stickers and other similar business items will be available at City Hall, located at 1 S. Huron. Read on...
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    PUBLIC NOTICE: Snow and Ice Enforcement

    The city’s snow ordinance and abatement procedures go into effect on October 16, 2023. Read on...
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