Cottage Grove Minn Mayor and City Council

Front: Justin Olsen, Mayor Myron Bailey, Dave Thiede. Back:  Steve Dennis, Jen Peterson

The City Council is the City's legislative and policy-making body. Composed of four members, the City Council is elected from the City on a non-partisan basis to serve overlapping four-year terms. The Mayor is elected at-large to serve a four-year term as the officer who presides over City Council meetings and as the official head of the City for legislative and ceremonial purposes.

Acting as a whole, the City Council is responsible for passing ordinances and orders necessary for governing the City, setting budgets and determining the direction of City policy.

The City Administrator is responsible for the overall administration of the City, including implementation of the general policies set by the City Council in addition to day-to-day oversight of all City operations. The City Administrator, with the help of City staff, provides the City Council with the information needed to fulfill its policy-making role.

The Mayor / Council / Administrator form of government separates legislative and executive responsibilities in a manner similar to both state and federal governments. This system provides "checks and balances" of both policy and administrative branches of government by limiting the power of each.


The City Council typically holds two official meetings per month, at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday, in the City Council Chamber at City Hall (please note that only one meeting is usually held in either July or August to accommodate budget meetings).

An open forum is included on the agenda for people whom wish to directly address the Council on subjects that are not a part of the regular meeting. From time to time, the City Council holds special meetings at other than regular times.

Check the calendar of events for specific meeting dates.

City Council Agendas, Minutes, Packets

City Council Agendas, Minutes and Packets for council meetings are available here. Please note, City Council Minutes for a meeting are not posted immediately following that meeting. They must be drafted and submitted at a future City Council Meeting for approval before they are posted.

2014-2018 Strategic Direction

City Council Mission

  • Provide excellence in the delivery of public services to community residents, businesses and owners of property

City Council Vision
The City Council continues its vision for the future as:

  • An accessible community with an appreciation for our environment, trees, hills, ravines, landscapes and river including quality park, green and open space areas
  • A good place to raise a family through its life cycle who are proud of their community of well maintained neighborhoods and property
  • To create and maintain a base of strong businesses that complement and engage with the community and provide jobs for the City and surrounding area
  • A fiscally responsible, engaged government with well maintained infrastructure, access to quality inter- and intra-community transportation and transit and safe residential and commercial neighborhoods and public spaces

Operational Guiding Principles 2014-2018

  • Be an employer of choice through a culture of continuous improvement, a spirit of collaboration between departments and divisions, a proactive approach to internal and external communications, job enrichment, employee growth and training, injury reduction and work place efficiencies
  • Achieve customer satisfaction in top 20% of peer communities across all metrics
  • Meet or exceed financial targets toward improvement of rating agency outlooks
  • Create an environmentally focused and sustainable organization
  • Ensure proactive evaluation of technology opportunities for business lines and service delivery as “return on investment” justifies implementation

City Council Stipends

Adoption of stipends (wages) for City Council’s in the state of Minnesota is governed by Minnesota Statutes 415.11. 

  • Cottage Grove Mayor stipend: $9,216
  • Cottage Grove City Council stipend: $6,780


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