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City of Manistee
70 Maple Street
Manistee, MI 49660
Ph: (231) 723-2558
City Council
Members

Member

Position

District

Email

Colleen Kenny Mayor  First District Colleen Kenny
James Smith Mayor Pro-Tem Fifth District James Smith
Mark Wittlieff       Councilmember Sixth District Mark Wittlieff
Eric Gustad        Councilmember Seventh District Eric Gustad
Chip Goodspeed Councilmember Fourth District  Chip Goodspeed
Roger Zielinski Councilmember Third District  Roger Zielinski
Ed Cote  Councilmember Second District Ed Cote

City Council Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available the Friday before the scheduled meeting.
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Minutes are availabe following approval.
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Structure
The City Council is the governing body for the City of Manistee. The council consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. Members are nominated by district but elected at large by voters. Elections are nonpartisan. Terms are staggered with districts 1,3, 5 and 7 elected one year while districts 2, 4 and 6 are elected the next year.

Once seated after an election, council elects a mayor from among their members. The mayor is the city’s chief executive official and presides over meetings of the council.

Responsibilities
The City Council is the legislative authority and governing body for the city. It is responsible for hiring and overseeing the city manager, setting policy and adopting ordinances and resolutions. One of the most important policies is budgetary which is carried out through reviewing and adopting the annual budget which funds the city’s operations, capital projects and council’s priorities fiscal year which begins every July.

Another important policy document is the strategic plan. This annually updated plan provides high level guidance for the day to day operations of the city and is a vital management tool.