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.