City Council

The council exercises all of the legislative and policymaking powers of the city and consists of five members, one of whom is the mayor. The term of office of the mayor is two years and four years for each council member, except in the case of appointments to fill vacancies.

The council meets in regular session, twice in each calendar month in the Council Chambers of Grand Haven City Hall, 519 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417. Special meetings may be called by the mayor, the city manager, or any two members of council, with at least 18 hours notice.

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Mayor Robert Monetza was elected to office on November 5, 2019. Previously, he had been serving as a member of city council since 2009. Originally from Holland, he moved with his wife Devon to Grand Haven in 1978. Their two children, Anna and Elizabeth, were born here and attended Grand Haven schools. He has an engineering degree from Western Michigan University, and retired from Alcoa-Howmet/Arconic at the end of February, 2019 to cap a 31 year career there as a Facilities Manager.

Mayor Pro-tem Michael Fritz was elected to office in 2003. He was born in Grand Haven and has been a life-long resident. His interests and hobbies include baseball and classic and street rod automobiles, which he turned into an auto repair business with his brother in 1982. He and his wife, Janice, have three children, Patrick, Amanda and Michelle.

Councilmember Dennis Scott was elected to office on November 3, 2009. A life-long resident of Grand Haven, he and his wife Susan have four children and eight grandchildren. Dennis worked for the City of Grand Haven Department of Public Works for 36 years before retiring in 2004. He enjoys camping, model trains, and shooting sporting clays, skeet and trap.

Councilmember Ryan Cummins was elected to office on November 5, 2019. Prior to being elected to office, he served on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Ryan grew up in Muskegon, but moved to Grand Haven in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and works full time as a municipal event planner. He enjoys boating, kayaking, hiking, exploring new places and learning new things.

Councilmember Mike Dora was appointed to office on December 2, 2019. He was on the Planning Commission for the previous 4 years, recently serving as Chairperson. Mike was born in Grand Haven and has been a life-long resident. Interests and hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating, restoring older Corvettes, and spending time with friends and family. He retired in June of 2020 after 44 years at Johnston Boiler. He and his wife Liza have one son, Jonathon (Brandi) and three grandsons.