About the Mayor
Career, Education & Personal Life
James J. Schmitt was elected the 41st Mayor of Green Bay in April 2003; he was re-elected in April 2007, April 2011, and again in April 2015. He is presently the second longest serving Mayor in Green Bay’s history.
Schmitt is a graduate of St. Norbert College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Schmitt and Dona, his wife of more than 25 years, reside in the City’s historic Astor Neighborhood where they have raised daughters Anna, Greta, and Laura.
Roles & Service
Mayor Schmitt serves on the Advisory Board of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. In the private sector, Schmitt was president of Famis Manufacturing Inc. and received the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Under the leadership of Mayor Schmitt, the City of Green Bay has undergone significant redevelopment of its downtown.
Development has included:
- Associated Bank Corporate Headquarters
- Bellin Building
- The CityDeck
- Green Bay Children’s Museum
- Nicolet Bank Building
- Schreiber Foods Corporate Office and Global Technology Center
He has also brought new investment to Green Bay neighborhoods and industrial parks, achieving over six billion dollars in assessed value for the City.
Mayor Schmitt’s budgets have been below tight state-imposed levy limits as he finds efficiencies and creative policies to consolidate government functions while promoting incentives, improving public safety, and leading through example to bring about a healthier workforce.
Neighborhood & Recreation Development
Mayor Schmitt has put great effort in connecting neighborhoods with city hall by helping develop 35-plus neighborhood associations throughout the city. Mayor Schmitt is also credited with bringing the Zippin Pippin roller coaster to Bay Beach and doubling the size of the KI Convention Center, and city with the highest credit score.
Transparent Communication With the Public
In an effort to communicate with the public directly from the Mayor’s Office, Mayor Jim Schmitt has a video series called “Minute with the Mayor” - showcasing current, factual relevant happenings in Green Bay. You can watch “Minute with the Mayor” videos on Jim Schmitt’s Facebook page.