About the City Council

The City Council is the City’s legislative branch. Members are elected every two years on the odd-numbered years. Four members serve at large, and seven members represent individual wards. The Council passes ordinances on a broad range of issues, from setting zoning laws to creating boards and commissions. It also has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor's budget appropriations.

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Somerville City Council of 2020
 
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Councilor

Position

Matthew McLaughlin President and Ward 1 Councilor
Mary Jo Rossetti Vice President and Councilor-at-Large
Stephanie Hirsch At-Large
Wilfred N. Mbah At-Large
Mary Jo Rossetti At-Large
William A. White Jr. At-Large
Matthew McLaughlin Ward 1
Jefferson Thomas (“J.T.”) Scott Ward 2
Ben Ewen-Campen Ward 3
Jesse Clingan Ward 4
Mark Niedergang Ward 5
Lance Davis Ward 6
Katjana Ballantyne Ward 7

 

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  • See a calendar of City Council and committee meetings
  • Download meeting agendas and minutes
  • Stream meetings live or from our archives
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Standing Committees Special Committees Commissions

 

Standing Committees

Confirmation of Appointments and Personnel Matters Mary Jo Rossetti, J.T. Scott,Wilfred Mbah, Jesse Clingan, Matthew McLaughlin
Equity, Gender, Families, and Vulnerable Populations Wilfred Mbah, Katjana Ballantyne, Stephanie Hirsch
Finance J.T. Scott, Katjana Ballantyne, William White, Mary Jo Rossetti, Wilfred Mbah
Housing and Community Development Stephanie Hirsch, Ben Ewen-Campen, Matthew McLaughlin
Land Use Ben Ewen-Campen, Lance Davis, William White, Matthew McLaughlin, Mark Niedergang
Legislative Matters Lance Davis, Mark Niedergang, Ben Ewen-Campen, J.T. Scott, Jesse Clingan
Licenses and Permits William White, Wilfred Mbah, J.T. Scott
Open Space, Environment, and Energy Katjana Ballantyne,Wilfred Mbah, Ben Ewen-Campen, J.T. Scott, William White
Public Health and Public Safety Lance Davis, Jesse Clingan, Matthew McLaughlin
Public Utilities and Public Works Jesse Clingan,William White, Katjana Ballantyne
Traffic and Parking Mark Niedergang, Jesse Clingan, Katjana Ballantyne

Special Committees

Flood Forum Mark Niedergang, Jesse Clingan, Katjana Ballantyne
Rodent Issues Katjana Ballantyne, Mark Niedergang, Mary Jo Rossetti
Rules William White, Mary Jo Rossetti, Lance Davis

Commissions and Committees

Affordable Housing Trust Stephanie Hirsch
Bicycle Advisory Committee Katjana Ballantyne
Community Cabinet Stephanie Hirsch
Complete Count Committee Katjana Ballantyne
Dedication Steering Committee Jesse Clingan
High School Building Committee Mary Jo Rossetti
Minimum Mixed Use Ratio Working Group William White, Katjana Ballantyne
Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust Fund Jesse Clingan
Office of Housing Stability Advisory Board Ben Ewen-Campen
Parking Study Working Group Wilfred Mbah, Mark Niedergang
Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee Katjana Ballantyne
Somerville Redevelopment Authority Ben Ewen-Campen
Traffic Commission Mark Niedergang

 

 

2010–Present Day

View City Councilor and Committee meeting minutes from 2010 to the present day on the City's Legislative Meeting Portal.


1872–2009

View Board of Aldermen (the former name of the City Council) and Committee meeting minutes from 1872 to 2009 as annual PDFs in our archive.