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 2021 - 2022 are:

·         Fiscal Management:  Continue to manage the City’s finances within limited resources to provide highest possible level of service to the City of La Grande. 


·         COVID-19 Recovery:   Continue to take all necessary actions to comply with the State and Federal mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as identify and implement policies and programs to assist in the recovery efforts within the City’s resources.


·         Economic Development: Continue to implement the Urban Renewal Plan and Economic Development Strategy as approved by the City Council/Urban Renewal Agency. 


·         Wildland Urban Interface:  In concert with Union County and other agencies take actions to assure La Grande is prepared in the event of a wildfire or other natural disaster such as the ones that devastated other communities in Oregon in 2020.


·         General Fund Capital Improvements: Identify funding sources and strategy to address major capital needs.


·         Housing:  Complete the Comprehensive Housing Production Strategy (HPS) and upon completion and adoption, implement the strategy.


·         FEMA Maps and Land Use Code Amendments:  Complete the public process and submittal to FEMA for updating the City’s Floodplain Maps.  Complete the revisions and adoption of the City’s Land Use Codes as necessary. 

·         Staffing:  Take necessary actions to address critical staffing issues including, but not limited to, hard to fill positions and succession planning for key positions.

The 2021 City Council Meetings and Events Schedule can be viewed here
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