Office of the City Manager

Overview 

In our Commission-City Manager form of government, the Commission is the governing body elected by the citizens. The City Manager is the Chief Executive that supervises all departments, offices, and agencies. City Manager Mark Washington is responsible to the City Commission for the administration of the City.

Elected and Appointed Officials

Our City leaders are either elected or appointed. Elected Officials pass legislation -- think laws and ordinances. The elected officials appoint others to execute and enforce the laws they make. The City Manager leads all Appointed Officials and the City organization as a whole.  For more info, you can review the City of Grand Rapids Charter.

Mark Washington began as City Manager on October 1, 2018. Mark has worked in local government for nearly 23 years, most recently as Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin, Texas.


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We're continually transforming City operations! The Draft Transformation Plan Phase IV includes departmental value streams as they align to the City's Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL).

Value Streams

Each value stream:

  • Names primary and secondary staff responsible for carrying out the value stream
  • Is scheduled with a start and end date
  • Identifies an origin in another City plan (if applicable)
  • Identifies if the value stream is either transformative or a City Commission (CC) priority
  • Includes the recommended value stream details

The Plan 

This City Commission approved the final plan in June.

Download Plan(PDF, 116KB)

The Office of the City Manager develops policies which align to the oversight of City operations.


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Grand Rapids Voters adopted the Commission-Manager form of government in 1916. This means that City leadership is made up of elected officials and the City Manager. The City Commission is a legislative body. Its members are the community’s policy-makers.


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Want more info about City Commission meetings and agendas? We'll tell you everything you need to know about City Commission meetings.

  • Meeting Schedules
  • Meeting Agendas
  • Subcommittee Details
  • Upcoming Topics
  • Live Streams of Meetings


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The Commission has its own set of polices.


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