City Council

7900 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49024
Office of the City Clerk: 269-329-4511

Form of Government

The City of Portage operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven members including the Mayor and the Mayor Pro-Tem. Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms that are staggered every two years (three Council members are elected every two years). The Mayor is elected every two years. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city and is the chief policy advisor to the City Council.

Council Responsibilities

The City Council is responsible for adopting and amending city laws and ordinances, determining city policies and standards and authorizing the annual city budget. The Council also:

  • Approves Contracts and Agreements
  • Determines City Tax Millage Rates
  • Determines Utility Rates
  • Directs the City Manager

Citizen Concerns or Complaints

Citizens are encouraged to contact the City Administration with concerns or complaints about city services by calling Complaint Resolution at 269-329-4404 or by using the online Report It! tool

  1. Patrica Randall

    Patricia M. Randall

    Mayor
    Phone: 269-324-7779
    On Council Since: 2009
    Term Expires: 2019

  1. Jim Pearson

    Jim Pearson

    Mayor Pro Tem
    Phone: 269-303-5459
    On Council Since: 2011
    Term Expires: 2019

  1. Chris Burns WEB

    Chris Burns

    Councilmember
    Phone: (708) 710-3012
    On Council Since: 2017
    Term Expires: 2019

  1. Richard Ford

    Richard J. Ford

    Councilmember
    Phone: 616-560-8328
    On Council Since: 2013
    Term Expires: 2019

  1. Knapp, Lori WEB

    Lori Knapp

    Councilmember
    Phone: (269) 324-0178
    On Council Since: 2017
    Term Expires: 2021

  1. Claudette Reid

    Claudette Reid

    Councilmember
    Phone: 269-491-9725
    On Council Since: 2005
    Term Expires: 2021

  1. Terry Urban

    Terry R. Urban

    Councilmember
    Phone: 269-323-8160
    On Council Since: 1997
    Term Expires: 2021