Mayor & City Council
Members of the Medford City Council are the Mayor, elected at-large, and eight City Councilors who are elected from respective wards. All are elected for four-year terms. The Mayor and Council serve as unpaid volunteers. The Council Handbook(PDF, 7MB) provides additional information on the Council rules, duties and responsibilities.
Medford Governing Body
Incorporated in 1885, the City of Medford utilizes the Council-Manager form of government. Medford is divided into four wards, with two Councilors per ward.
The Mayor is selected at large by the community for a four-year term. Councilors also serve four-year terms, with one Council position in each ward up for election every two years.
Types of Meetings
City Council Meetings
City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. These meetings are formal and follow a format set by the Medford Municipal Code. During a City Council meeting, Councilors consider and vote on items of public interest, Code amendments, some land use matters, certain types of public hearings and general City business. All City Council meetings provide an opportunity for public comments.
City Council Study Sessions are held the second Thursday of each month. During a study session, Councilors receive and discuss (study) information regarding specific topics of City business. The informal nature of these meetings allows for question-and-answer discussion, providing Councilors with the knowledge to make the best decisions for citizens.
The City Council does not vote, make decisions or hear public comment during study sessions.
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- ProfileMayor Sparacino, a long-time resident of Medford and previous Chief of Police, was elected as Mayor in 2020, and began serving in January 2021.
- ProfileCouncilor Poythress, an active member of the Medford community since 2013, was elected to the City Council in 2018, and began serving in January 2019.
- ProfileCouncilor Spansail, born in Medford and raised in the Rogue Valley, was elected to the City Council in 2020, and began serving in January 2021.
- ProfileCouncilor Bearnson, a local business owner and long-time Medford resident, was elected to the City Council in 2014, and began serving in January 2015.
- ProfileCouncilor Stine, a US Navy Reservist, was elected to the City Council in 2014, and began serving in January 2015.
- ProfileCouncilor Miller, a long-time resident of Medford, was elected to the City Council in 2020, and began serving in January 2021.
- ProfileCouncilor Stark, raised in Medford, was appointed to the City Council on February 7, 2019 to fill a Ward 4 vacancy. He was then elected to his position in 2020, and began a new term in January 2021.