2016-2017 City Council
Top: Don Gerrish, Interim City Manager; Maxine Beecher, Councilor At-Large; Linda Cohen, Councilor District 4; Claude Morgan, Councilor District 1; Brad Fox, Councilor District 5; Sally Daggett, Corporation Counsel
Bottom: Susan Henderson, Councilor At-Large; Mayor Patti Smith, District 2; Emily Scully, City Clerk
Not Pictured: Councilor Eben Rose, District 3
The Council consists of seven members who are elected to serve staggered three year terms. In addition to two At Large Councilors, there are five Councilors representing each of the five City districts. Councilors are limited to serving three consecutive terms. Elections are held in November and nomination papers are available in the City Clerk's office late July/early August. To appear on a ballot a candidate must collect at least 100 signatures from qualified voters of the city. Newly elected Councilors are sworn in at the Inauguration which is held at 4:00 PM on the 1st Monday of December. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, and Corporation Counsel.
The City Council follows a set of adopted rules that govern the conduct and organization of meetings. A copy of the City Council's "Standing Rules" may be found here.
Contacting City Council
Members of the City Council, including the Mayor, do not have offices at City Hall. City Councilor's contact information can be found here. Alternatively, correspondence intended for members of the City Council, including the Mayor, may be directed to the City Clerk. The City Clerk can be reached at City Hall, 25 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106, at (207)767-7601 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is invited to attend all meetings of the City Council and citizen comments are welcome.
- Council Meetings are held in City Hall Council Chambers 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and begin at 7:00 P.M. These meetings are televised live on Cable Channel 2, South Portland Community Television.
- Council Workshops are held in Council Chambers on the 2nd and the 4th Monday of each month and begin at 6:30 P.M.
Agendas are posted on Friday of each week to the left menu. If you need help locating a specific record, please contact the City Clerk.
Council Meetings & Workshops are recorded and archives can be viewed here.
Note: Meetings and Workshops are held on Wednesday night if Monday is a holiday.