City Council meetings
Detailed information about City Council meeting times, dates, and locations is shown in the calendar. You can access
meeting agendas online and learn more about how you can
participate in a Council meeting. Watch the Council meetings live on
CCTV, channel 21, with replays during the week, or stream the meeting live on
YouTube, or in archive form online.
Each City Councilor is elected to represent a
ward, a designated district of the City. The term of office for each Councilor is four years, with half the Councilors standing for election every two years. You can view contact information for and pictures of the
current Councilors online.
Council goals for our community
The City Council adopted a
strategic plan to chart the City's course for the next three to five years. City Council provides its priorities for our community in the form of an annual work plan called the
City Council policy agenda. A progress update is planned for the fall and will report on actions taken towards achieving Council goals and the outcomes of the strategic plan. Learn more about the
strategic planning process.
Other roles of Council
The Council serves as the governing body for the City of Salem’s
Urban Renewal Agency and
Housing Authority (except the Mayor who does not sit on the Housing Authority Commission). The
City Manager serves as the Executive Director for both agencies. The Urban Renewal Agency is a separate municipal corporation responsible for governing Salem’s seven
urban renewal areas. With assistance from three advisory boards, the Urban Renewal Agency Board provides direction and approval for projects and programs to invest in and improve specific geographic areas of the City. The Housing Authority is also a separate municipal corporation from the City, and provides safe and affordable rental housing assistance and services to residents. The Housing Authority Commission approves matters of policy for program operation, housing development, and resident services.
Joined by nine residents, the Council also serves as members of the
Budget Committee to recommend a
budget for the City on an annual basis. The group begins its work each April, looking carefully at the City’s estimates for revenue, and costs for services and capital projects to develop a recommendation to Council on the half billion dollar fiscal budget, effective from July 1 through June 30 of the next year. Learn more about how you can
get involved in the budget process.