Office of the City Manager


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 developed a Strategic Plan for the City of Grand Rapids!

It's the first plan of this type for the City, and it covers fiscal years 2020 - 2023 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2023).

Strategic Plan 

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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The city is hosting paid internships for Office of the City Manager.

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