Mayor & City Council

The Mayor and City Council represent and provide the Legislative support of the community. 

  • The City Council is composed of 5 members. 
  • The voters of the City of Portland elect Council members tp either a 4-year term or a 2-year term. 
  • Elections are held in November of the odd year. 
  • The Council elects one of its members to the office of Mayor and one to the office of Mayor Pro-Tem at the first meeting following the Council election.

What is the role of the City Council?

The City Council formulates and adopts policies, regulates certain utility rates, adopts ordinances and resolutions, and provides leadership in the community.

What is the role of the Mayor?

The Mayor is a member of the City Council and presides over all meetings of the Council. The Mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of the Council, a City Manager, and members of the various Boards and Commissions.


Mayor & Council Members
Name Title Email Address Phone
James E. BarnesMayor Email James Barnes763 Ionia Rd.517-647-2273
Joel VanSlambrouckMayor Pro-Tem Email Joel VanSlambrouck841 Detroit St.517-647-6368
 Patrick FitzsimmonsCouncil Member Email Patrick Fitzsimmons831 Kent St.517-647-2663
 Amanda L. JohnstonCouncil Member Email Amanda Johnson410 James St.517-647-3211
 Erica SheehanCouncil Member Email Erica Sheehan243 Church St.517-647-3211