City Council 2020-2021

City council members

Kate Snyder, Mayor
Nick Mavodones, At-Large
Pious Ali, At-Large
April Fournier, At-Large
Belinda Ray, District 1
Spencer Thibodeau, District 2
Tae Chong, District 3
Andrew Zarro, District 4
Mark Dion, District 5



Meetings


  • Meetings are currently being held remote via Zoom.
  • START TIME: 5:00 PM
  • First and third Mondays of each month
  • City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall
    389 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04101
Portland residents are cordially invited to attend and address the council on matters of concern, in accordance with the City Council Rules of Procedure.

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available the Wednesday preceding a Monday meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
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​public comment

To submit written public comment on an agenda item, please send an email to publiccomment@portlandmaine.gov. Submissions must be received by 12:00 PM the day of the Council meeting to guarantee their inclusion in the agenda packet. All submissions must
include the commenter's name and legal address. To help ensure your comment is submitted for the correct item, please include the order number whenever possible.
  1. Nomination Papers Available for November 2021 Election

    The City Clerk’s Office is reminding Portland residents that nomination papers are available for several seats that are open for the November 2 Election. The deadline to return is no sooner than August 9 at 9:00 PM and no later than August 23 at 4:30 PM Read on...
  2. Join Mayor Snyder on May 27 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

    Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public. Read on...
  3. Revaluation Notices Sent Out to Property Owners

    The Assessor’s Office today announced that revaluation notices were sent out in the mail on July 2, 2021 as part of the City’s Revaluation Project. Property owners should receive them in the mail throughout the coming days. Read on...
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About the City Council


The City of Portland operates under a Council-Manager form of government with a nine-member City Council, comprised of a popularly elected mayor, five district councilors and three at-large members. The mayor is elected by a majority of voters through ranked choice voting and serves a four-year term. The city’s five voting districts each elect one council member to represent their district and three at-large members are elected citywide. The eight councilors serve three-year staggered terms.

The City Charter grants to the City Council all powers to enact, amend, or repeal rules, ordinances, and resolutions relating to the city’s property, affairs and government, to preserve the public peace, health and safety, to establish personnel policies, and giving effect to any vote of the city and to authorize the issuance of debt. The council adopts an annual budget for both municipal and school operations and provides for an annual audit. The council appoints the city manager, corporation counsel, and city clerk.

The mayor serves as the official head of the city. The mayor provides community leadership and develops policies to guide the city by setting strategic goals and priorities for the city with the council. The mayor provides guidance to the city manager for preparation of city budgets and capital improvement plans and has veto authority over the municipal budget, which is subject to council override by a vote of at least six members. The mayor appoints council standing committees, serves as chair of the council, and directs the agenda for council meetings.

The city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the city, serves as the administrative head of the city and is responsible to the council for the administration and management of all departments. The city manager in consultation with the mayor prepares the annual budget and presents it to the council for approval.