About Medford's Governing Body


Medford’s City Council is the governing branch of the City government with a Mayor and eight Councilors. The City has four wards with two Councilors elected from each ward.  City ordinance sets the ward boundaries. The City at large elects the Mayor.

The City Council and Mayor represent the interests of residents and appoint a City Manager who handles the direction of City operations.

The Mayor and Councilors are volunteers and do not receive a salary for their service. 

A Councilor must be a resident of his or her ward.  Elected City officials are registered voters and live in the City during the six months preceding the election.

At each biennial general election, four Councilors, one from each ward, serve four-year terms.  The biennial election of Councilors provides that members in each ward serve overlapping terms.  The Mayor is also elected to a four-year term.

The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council.  The Mayor does not vote except in the case of a tie, and then casts the deciding vote.

The Medford City Council has meetings twice a month on the first and third Thursdays.  Meetings are in the Council Chambers, Room 300, City Hall at 6 p.m.  The City Recorder maintains all Council meeting records.

You can view regular City Council meetings live on the government access channel, Spectrum/Charter Cable Channel 181 or through the City website.