For information about the Ann Arbor City Council and issues currently before it, see a2gov.org/agenda, or call the Ann Arbor city clerk at (734) 794-6140. If you want to see changes made in any city law, rule or procedure, call your council representatives. a2gov.org/departments/city-council
City council adopts the city’s annual budget and determines city laws and policies. It has 11 members: 2 from each of the city’s 5 wards, plus the mayor. Ward representatives are paid $16,231.76/year and the mayor earns $45,210. Councilmembers are elected to staggered 4-year terms: 1 seat in each ward is filled in a partisan election every even-year November. Ann Arbor has not elected a Republican officeholder since 2003, so the Democratic primary (see Elections) almost always decides the council’s membership.
Regular city council meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Mon. at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall. Agendas for council meetings and notices of public hearings are posted at a2gov.org/agenda. Special and working sessions, open to the public, are conducted as needed; notice is posted in City Hall and at a2gov.legistar.com/calendar. Public comment time is available at all meetings, and all meetings are broadcast live on the city’s Community Television Network (a2gov.org/ctn).
10 3-minute slots are available for public comment at the beginning of each regular council meeting. Sign-up for speaking slots begins at 8 a.m. the day of the meeting; call (734) 794-6140 to sign up. Members of the public may address council at the end of each meeting. Persons with disabilities can arrange accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, by contacting the city clerk’s office, 301 E. Huron, 2nd floor (734) 794-6140, a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Pages/default.aspx). Requests must be made at least two business days before meeting times.
Mayor, Larcom City Hall, 3rd floor. (734) 794-6161. The mayor, elected in a partisan election every 4 years, presides over city council and is a voting member; leads council in setting policy and approving the budget; nominates members of boards and commissions, subject to confirmation by city council; has the power to veto most council actions; has certain police powers in emergencies; and acts as ceremonial head of the city.
City Council representatives – WARDS
One half of City Council is elected every two years, concurrent with the State General Election, in partisan elections. Council terms switched in 2017 from two years to four years. Council Members elected in 2017 served a three-year term, expiring in 2020, after which time all terms became four years, expiring in even years. To learn the names of your current council representatives, find your neighborhood on the City’s ward map or call 794-6161.
Mayor – Christopher Taylor (D)
301 E. Huron, 48104 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. firstname.lastname@example.org
WARD 1 – Jeff Hayner (D)
1807 Pontiac Trail, 48105 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. email@example.com
WARD 1 – Lisa Disch (D)
441 Hilldale Dr. 48105 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2024. firstname.lastname@example.org
WARD 2 – Linh Song (D)
1290 Bardstown Trail 48105 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2024. LSong@a2gov.org
WARD 2 – Kathy Griswold (D)
3565 Fox Hunt, 48105 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. email@example.com
WARD 3 – Travis Radina (D)
2060 Champagne Dr. 48108 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2023. firstname.lastname@example.org
WARD 3 – Julie Grand (D)
1604 Brooklyn, 48104 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. JGrand@a2gov.org
WARD 4 – Elizabeth Nelson (D)
1319 Ardmoor, 48103 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. email@example.com
WARD 4 – Jen Eyer (D)
716 Braeside Place 48103 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2024. JEyer@a2gov.org
WARD 5 – Ali Ramlawi (D)
428 S. Seventh, 48103 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2022. firstname.lastname@example.org
WARD 5 – Erica Briggs (D)
204 Mark Hannah, 48103 [map]
Term expires Nov. 2024. Briggs@a2gov.org