City Council Function & Composition
As specified in the City Charter
"There shall be a City Council consisting of nine members which shall exercise the legislative powers of the city. Four of these members, to be known as councillors at-large, are to be nominated and elected by and from the voters of the city, at-large. Five of the members, to be known as ward councillors, are to be nominated and elected by and from the voters of five city wards, one ward councillor to be elected from each such ward."
Councillors are elected to two (2) year terms in municipal elections held every two years in odd numbered years. The Council is responsible for the enactment of the City Laws which are found in the Code of Ordinances and in the Gloucester Zoning Ordinance. The Council, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm in City Hall follows procedural rules
, adopted by the Council, to conduct business.
In connection with this legislative and zoning power, the City Council holds public hearings on proposed changes to the laws including adopting new laws and on applications for various types of Zoning Permits. See the City Clerk's Permit page
for more information and applications.
The Council also confirms appointments to the City Offices including department heads and members of city boards and commissions.
Under the City Charter the Council has three (3) standing committees, each of which is comprised of three members. The Standing Committees
hold regular public meetings to consider the matters referred to them by the Council.
On January 24, 2017, the Gloucester City Council voted to adopt the Civility Resolution.
Agendas and Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are also available following approval.
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The following are the members of the City Council. Addresses are in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Councillors At Large