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 2019 - 2020 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 as approved by the City Council/Urban Renewal Agency. 
  • General Fund Capital Improvements: Identify funding sources and strategy to address major capital needs including but not limited to the Library Roof and the Police Department. 
  • Quiet Zone: Upon approval from the FRA, complete the required improvements and initiate necessary City Council legislation actions to establish the Quiet Zone for La Grande. 
  • Housing:  Complete housing study and identify recommendations for addressing findings. 
  • Staffing: Develop a plan to address critical staffing issues including, but not limited to hard to fill positions and succession planning for key positions. 
The 2020 City Council Meetings and Events Schedule can be viewed here
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