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.
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.
Jim PearsonMayor Pro TemPhone: (269) 303-5459On Council Since: 2011
Term Expires: 2023