Salem City Manager Steve Powers

​Steve Powers came to the City of Salem with more than 25 years of government leadership experience which included financial management, economic improvement and expansion, and creation of community partnerships. In November 2015, Mr. Powers and his wife relocated to Salem from Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from Augustana College and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Current priorities of the city manager:

  • Address budget concerns
  • Enhance customer experience and improve efficiency of services with technology
  • Collaborate with partners to solve community challenges
  • Implement the strategic communication plan

City manager roles and responsibilities

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council, serves as the chief executive officer of the city, and implements decisions of the City Council.

Responsibilities include:

  • Promotes community and intergovernmental partnerships
  • Facilitates public outreach
  • Informs City Council of operational needs and priority matters
  • Implements City Council direction
  • Prepares annual budgets for the City of Salem and the Urban Renewal Agency
  • Administers city departments and staff

Roles include:

Contact us

City Manager’s Office
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty St SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301