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You Are Welcome to Attend Meetings of the Redmond City Council

The following information about the Redmond City Council and the Council Meetings is provided to help you feel comfortable and welcome at the meetings.

The City of Redmond has a Council / Manager form of government. The Council consists of six members serving 4-year terms, and a Mayor serving a 2-year term. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council. The nine Department Directors report to and are supervised by the City Manager.

Redmond City Council 

2015 Redmond City Council

Left to Right:
Councilor Tory Allman, Councilor Ginny McPherson, Councilor Jay Patrick, Mayor George Endicott, Councilor Joe Centanni, Councilor Camden King, Councilor Anne Graham.

Table of Contents

City Manager

City Government

Duties of Elected Officials and City Staff

Procedures

Definition of Agenda Items

Citizen Participation at Council Meetings

Citizen's Advisory Committees

City Services

 

City Manager

Keith Witcosky

Your views about government are important. Whether your visit is for the purpose of bringing information to the Council's attention, solving a problem, or simply to see what is going on, we hope you will feel welcome at the meetings. We also hope that you will leave with a better understanding of your City government and your City Council.

 

City Government

The Redmond City Council members can be compared to a Board of Directors. They answer to the electorate the same as a Board of Directors answers to its stockholders. The Council members act as the policy makers, as required by council/manager form of government set forth in the Oregon Revised Statutes. The Council members provide the City Manager, the Chief Executive Officer, with policy-making guidelines and performance objectives. The City Manager's staff turns these guidelines and objectives into programs and services.

The Council members meet at least twice each month to review and determine major policy decisions. The decisions they make directly affect City improvements and the quality of life for Redmond citizens.

The Council members pride themselves on being accessible to Redmond residents. At each regular Council meeting, citizens are given the opportunity to express their views to the Council. The Council members have public telephone numbers and they are always interested in talking to the citizens they represent. Since Council members are elected city-wide, each member represents all Redmond citizens.

Duties of Elected Officials and City Staff

MAYOR
  • Elected by City-wide vote for a 2-year term
  • Presides at Council Meetings
COUNCIL MEMBERS
  • Elected City-wide by position for 4-year terms
  • Appoint the City Manager
  • Determine City policy and budget
  • Adopt City laws and amend them as needed
  • Approve contracts, purchases, and agreements
CITY MANAGER
  • Appointed by the City Council to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the City
  • Manages the City's daily business and carries out the Council's policies by directing the work of City staff
  • Enforces the laws of the City
  • Expends funds as authorized by the City Council
  • Recommends and informs Council on legislative, financial, capital improvements, policies and other matters relating to the City
CITY RECORDER
  • Acts as Clerk of the Council
  • Coordinates/prepares Council agenda
  • Official manager of City records
CITY ATTORNEY
  • Appointed by the City Council to provide legal advice to Council, City Manager and staff
  • Prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Represents City in legal actions

Council Meetings

  • Regular City Council sessions meet at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the City Council Chambers, 411 SW 9th Street
  • All meetings except executive sessions are open to the public

Procedures

  • All agenda item topics and staff reports must be submitted to the City Recorder's office one (1) week prior to the meeting date
  • Council packets are made up of the agenda, minutes of prior Council meetings, staff reports and documentation, and information pertinent to topics on the agenda
  • The Council meeting agenda is posted at City Hall by the Friday before the next week's meeting. Desk copies of the Council packet are available for public review in the City Recorder's office at City Hall
  • The Council agenda and packet may be accessed from the City of Redmond website on the Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes page

Definition of Agenda Items

  • Consent Agenda - Routine Council items; may be approved by one motion
  • Public Hearing - Pro and con testimony from citizens on an issue
  • Proclamation - Official announcement by the City
  • Action Items - Items other than resolutions or ordinances requiring Council action
  • Ordinance - Adoption of general laws of the City
  • Resolution - Adoption of formal City policy or interpretation of a policy
  • Lease Agreements - Approval of lease agreements for equipment, etc.
  • City Manager/Staff Reports - Update to Council on current issues or items of interest
  • Council Comments - Update on significant activities since the last meeting

Citizen Participation at Council Meetings

You are encouraged to make your opinion known on any Council item or general issue related to the City.

  • Citizen Comment - At the beginning and end of each regular Council meeting, a time is set aside for persons in the audience to present questions or statements on any item of City business other than testimony for a public hearing (see below). If you wish to comment on a particular agenda item, the Mayor will, at his discretion, ask for those comments at the time that item comes up on the agenda.

  • When the Mayor calls your name, come forward to the podium, state your name and whether you are a resident or non-resident of the City, and state your support, opposition or question relating to the issue. To make sure that there is enough time for everyone to speak, a three-minute time limit has been established. At the conclusion of this three-minute period, a timer may sound to let you know the time has expired.
  • Public Hearing - The Mayor will announce the opening of the public hearing. A staff report will be read first. The Mayor will then ask for public testimony along with instructions on the type of testimony that is admissible. When the Mayor asks for public comment, come forward to the podium, state your name and whether you are a resident or non-resident of the City, and state your support, opposition or question relating to the issue. To make sure that there is enough time for everyone to speak, time limits have been established. At the conclusion of the allotted time period, a timer may sound to let you know the time has expired.

Citizen's Advisory Committees

The Mayor and City Council members appoint citizens to committees and commissions that carry out designated functions and advise the Council on decisions and policy matters. From time to time, ad hoc committees or task forces are established to tackle a specific project or explore a particular issue or concern. Committee vacancies are publicized through local media sources. Applications may be picked up at the City Recorder's office at City Hall, 411 SW 9th Street.


City Services

If you wish to make a suggestion, ask a question, or express a concern, please contact the appropriate City department. If you are unsure which department to contact, direct your inquiry to the City's main phone number at (541) 923-7710 or contact us using our contact form.

Mayor
George Endicott 541-948-3219

 



City Councilors
Tory Allman 541-923-7710   Camden King 541-280-2258
Jon Bullock 541-913-0505
Ginny McPherson 541-923-7710
 Joe Centanni  541-350-1013    Jay Patrick  541-508-8408

 

 

 

City Manager 541-923-7711
City Recorder 541-923-7751
Airport Administrative Offices 541-504-3495
Community Development
   -Building Division 541-923-7721
   -Planning Division 541-923-7719
Engineering 541-504-2002
Finance 541-923-7726
Fire Dept. Administrative Offices 541-504-5000
Human Resources 541-923-7737
Parks 541-504-2000
Police Administrative Offices/Records 541-504-3400
Public Works 541-504-2000
Senior Center 541-548-6325

 

 

 

 

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