City Council

Grants Pass is a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and Councilors volunteer their time to serve our community. Elected by city residents, they serve their respective wards.

Eight Councilors represent four wards and are elected at large to 4-year terms of office. The Council oversees city government and employs a City Manager who is in charge of the city staff and departments.

City Council meetings and workshops are held in the Council Chambers at 5th & NW A Streets in Grants Pass.

  • Regular Meetings - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
  • Workshops - Mondays at 11:45 a.m. Workshops are informal, 75 to 90 minutes, and are generally staff presentations on a specific subject, agenda review, or other matters the Council has requested.
  • Agendas, minutes, and videos are available in the Agenda Center.
  1. Rob Pell

    Rob Pell

    Ward 1 Representation

  1. Brian  DeLaGrange

    Brian DeLaGrange

    Ward 1 Representation

  1. Rick Riker

    Rick Riker

    Ward 2 Representative

  1. Valerie Lovelace

    Valerie Lovelace

    Ward 2 Representative

  1.  Dwight Faszer II

    Dwight Faszer, II

    Ward 3 Representative

  1. Joel King

    Joel King

    Ward 4 Representative

  1. Vanessa Ogier

    Vanessa Ogier

    Ward 4 Representative

  1. Curt Collins

    Curt Collins

    Ward 3 Representation

How to Contact Mayor & Council

The Mayor and Councilors are volunteers and do not keep regular office hours. They can be contacted by:

  • phone
  • Mayor and City Councilor's email
  • by regular mail at 101 NW A Street, Grants Pass OR 97526.

How Are Your Questions Handled?

The City Council appreciates hearing from citizens. Your questions are handled as follows:

  • Questions sent by email and are technical in nature will receive a direct response from staff.
  • Questions regarding policy decisions will be referred to Council for their consideration and response.
  • Correspondence received before 5 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month will be reviewed during the Council meeting.
  • Council will respond to emails with a disclosed name and address. A written response will be emailed to you.

Note: When you email the City Council, your email becomes a public record.

Online Meetings

Due to the number of COVID-19 cases being seen in Josephine County, City Council meetings will offer citizen participation via phone.

Council Meeting Speaking Guidelines

The Grants Pass City Council encourages residents to talk about issues important to them. 

Public comment is allowed at all City Council business meetings if the comments relate to scheduled agenda items. If you would like to address the City Council, here is how to do so.

Public Comment

Advance registration is required to participate in the live Microsoft Teams meeting via phone. Participants can join the meeting via audio only and must pre-register for security and orderly management of the electronic meeting. The deadline to register to speak is noon on the date of the meeting. Late registration will not be accepted.

Register for upcoming Microsoft Teams meetings using the online registration form below (if you have an email account), or by calling the City Recorder at 541.450.6000.

  • Participants can register to comment once during Public Comment and/or once per Council Action or Public Hearing agenda item.
  • Registered participants will be emailed the Teams meeting call-in phone number and ID password by 3 pm on the day of the meeting. You should not share this information.
  • When it is your turn to speak, the moderator will call your name. Please pay attention and be ready to speak when your name is called. If you do not respond or are disconnected, you may miss your chance to comment. Participants can register to comment once during Public Comment and/or once per Council Action or Public Hearing agenda item.
  • Registered participants will be emailed the Teams meeting call-in phone number and ID password by 3 pm on the day of the meeting. You should not share this information.
  • When it is your turn to speak, the moderator will call your name. Please pay attention and be ready to speak when your name is called. If you do not respond or are disconnected, you may miss your chance to comment.
    • When prompted, press *6 on your phone’s keypad to unmute your phone.
    • You will be given three minutes to speak. You should begin speaking immediately. Your audio will be muted when you conclude or if your time expires.
    • Council policies regarding public conduct at meetings apply. 

Public Hearing comments if you wish to testify 

Any community member may send in written testimony or request to speak on any Council Action item on a Council meeting agenda, unless it is the subject of a Public Hearing that has been closed.

Written testimony must be received by 3 pm in advance of the Council meeting; submit via the form below.

Oral testimony: register by noon on the day of the meeting using the form below.

Public Comment for City Council Meetings

  1. Please fill out the following form to give public comment at an upcoming City Council meeting. You can either choose to send written public comment or, you can submit a card to indicate you would like to give public comment and an upcoming meeting. Thank you for participating in your local government - we value and appreciate your input! 

    Some items to note: 

    1. You can give both general public comment or comment on a specific agenda item. 
    2. Public comments on a specific agenda item will be taken when that agenda item is discussed by the Council.
    3. If you wish to testify on multiple agenda items, please fill out a separate form for each item.
    4. You can find the agenda for upcoming Council meetings in the Agenda Center. 
  2. City Council Meetings are held at n the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

  3. If speaking on the behalf of a third party

  4. Required for Land Use Hearings.

  5. Is this a public hearing?
  6. Would you like to give written or spoken comment?
  7. Leave This Blank:

  8. This field is not part of the form submission.

City Council Contacts

  1. Sara BristolSara Bristol

    Mayor
    Email Sara Bristol
    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526
    Ph: 541-450-6000

    City Councilors

    Find the Councilors' Phone Numbers and individual Email
    Email Mayor and All Councilors

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Council Districts