Meet Mary

Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema


I’m honored and privileged to smarybalkema 2013 picture.jpgerve as the Kalamazoo County Treasurer. I ask you to continue with me on this important journey as I seek re-election to the office of Kalamazoo County Treasurer. Although we face enormous change and challenge, I remain committed to continuing our County’s history of great achievements and fiscal soundness.

I strive to lead by engaging people from all corners of our community and surrounding communities, and by working with our elected state and federal representatives. I promise to continue to seek transparency in decision-making as we work together through the opportunities ahead.

I am a life long resident of Kalamazoo County. I am a graduate of Western Michigan University where I received my B.B.A with a major in Accounting.  I worked for First of America Bank from 1985 to 2000 in the trust, accounting and securities field.  I have years of managing people, money and audits.

I ran successfully for Kalamazoo City Commission and served on the commission from 2001 – 2007.  I resigned in 2007 when I was appointed to the office of Kalamazoo County Treasurer.

Community service is my passion and I have worked tirelessly to stabilize the tax base, remove blight, and help hundreds stay in their home by avoiding tax foreclosure.

With your help, I will continue to bring a voice of experience, balance, leadership, boldness and passion to the Kalamazoo County Treasurers Office.  Get involved now. Please explore this site. Learn about the issues and how we can create a stable government and tax base.