Grand Rapids Ward Map
     Grand Rapids is divided into three areas called wards for electing resident representatives to the City Commission. 

     The city has a "Council / Manager" form of government. 

    The City Commission (council) is responsible for making the rules (policy) and budget that the city employees follow when providing services and  enforcing laws in the city. 

     The City Commission appoints the City Manager and the Manager administers the city organization and its employees.  The City Commission also appoints the City Attorney, Treasurer, and Clerk.

      There are six City Commissioners, two from each ward, and a Mayor who is elected by residents from all three wards.

     The City Commissioners serve four year terms.  Every two years each ward elects one of their two Commissioners. 

     Every four years the city  elects a Mayor.