City Council and Mayor

The Mayor and six City Councilors are elected by the voters of La Grande. The Mayor position becomes vacant every general election year.

The Mayor is the presiding officer of Council and represents the City at a variety of meetings, conferences, and ceremonial events.

The Council is empowered by the City Charter as the policy-making body of the City, adopting policies and legislation which will affect the City's growth and quality of life in the long-term and the efficient, cost-effective delivery of daily services in the short-term.

Boards, commissions and committees are appointed by the City Council to help advise and provide technical expertise to Council members and proceedings.

The City Council also sits as the URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY.  This agency meets as needed.  Minutes of the Urban Renewal Agency sessions are available here.


The Council and City Manager's Goals for 2017 - 2018 are:

  • Fiscal Management:  Continue to manage the City's finances within limited resources, to provide the highest possible level of service to the City of La Grande.  Implement the recommendation of the Fiscal Committee.
  • Economic Development: Continue to implement the Urban Renewal Plan and economic development strategy presented to the City Council/Urban renewal Agency in November, 2015.
  • Urban Renewal Review Committee:  Facilitate the Urban renewal Committee's Outreach efforts to share their finding regarding the positive impacts of Urban Renewal in the City of La Grande.
  • Library Special District:  Continue to explore the feasibility of creating a Library Special District to serve Union County.
  • Quiet Zone:  Develop a recommendation for City Council consideration regarding the creation of a whistle free zone in advance of the FY 2017-2018 Budget hearings.
  • City Council Training:  Continue to provide training opportunities for the City Councilors.

The 2017 City Council Meetings and Events Schedule can be viewed here
Learn more about your Councilors or contact your Councilors by email