How Your City Government Works

Grants Pass is governed by an elected City Council and Mayor. They are unpaid volunteers who hire a City Manager to carry out their decisions and manage the city organization on a daily basis.

The Council's actions are guided by a vision statement, goals and policies which they review and modify periodically:

Mission Statement:
To represent all of the citizens by providing leadership and decisions necessary to meeting community needs and desires.

Mayor

  • Is elected by Grants Pass residents to a 4-year term
  • Is a volunteer official, receiving no salary
  • Provides political leadership
  • Conducts Council meetings
  • Votes in a tie situation
  • May veto resolutions and ordinances
  • Represents the city at official functions

City Council

  • Is elected at-large by Grants Pass residents for 4-year terms
  • Is a volunteer body, receiving no salary
  • Sets policy
  • Enacts legislation
  • Consists of 8 members, 2 from each of the city's 4 wards

Workshops and Meetings

Proposals for action are brought to the Council by residents, staff and councilors themselves.

Workshops: The Council usually reviews proposals at workshops, which are open to the public, before they are placed on the agenda of a regular Council meeting.

Meetings: At the Council meeting, residents and staff may give input or report on agenda items. The Council then discusses and either approves, modifies or rejects the item. The City Manager and staff then carry out the Council's decisions.

How the City is Governed

Committee, Council, Staff Flowchart 2017