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Business meetings are regular meetings where Council may deliberate toward a final decision on an agenda item including consideration of ordinances, resolutions and conducting public hearings. Business meetings are open to the public and regularly scheduled business meetings are televised. Business meetings held on the 1st Tuesday of each month are generally scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., while Business meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month are generally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with a study session preceding the Business meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Workshop meetings are regular meetings where Council reviews and discusses agenda topics. Council may not make final decisions during the meeting. Workshop meetings may be televised and are open to the public. Public testimony is generally not taken at Workshop Meetings unless the Mayor or Council so choose. Workshop agenda items are generally topics which Council is receiving preliminary information on and providing direction for further staff analysis and information gathering for a later business meeting.
Study Sessions precede or follow a Business Meeting or Workshop Meeting. They are conducted in a Workshop-type setting to provide an opportunity for Council to review the Business Meeting Agenda and to ask questions for clarification on issues or on process. Information is also shared on items that are time sensitive. During Study Sessions, any Council member may call for a Point of Order whenever he or she wishes to stop the “discussion” because he or she feels that it is more appropriate for the City Council to discuss the matter during the Council Business meeting.
Executive Sessions are meetings conducted by the Council with appropriate staff or advisors for deliberation on certain matters in a setting closed to the public. Executive Sessions may be held during a regular, special or emergency meeting after the Presiding Officer has identified the ORS authorization for holding the Executive Session. Among the permitted topics are employment of a public officer, deliberations with the persons designated by the Council to carry on labor negotiations, deliberations with persons designated to negotiate real property transactions, and to consult with legal counsel regarding current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
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John L. Cook, Mayor
Term Expires: 12/31/18
Mayor Cook is a lifelong Tigard resident who has served as Tigard’s Mayor since 2013. An accountant for over 30 years, Mayor Cook established his own Tigard CPA and financial planning firm in 1993. He graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Business.
Mayor Cook is a board member of the Oregon Mayors Association and Westside Economic Alliance. He is also a member of Transportation Committee and the Mayor’s Water Council Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation, SW Corridor Steering Committee, and Washington County Coordinating Committee.
Prior to his election, Mayor Cook was Chairman for the Washington County Budget Committee for 18 years, President of the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Tigard Jaycees, President of Tigard Little League, Treasurer of Westside Professional Business Associates and Chairman of the St. Anthony Pastoral Council. Mayor Cook continues to be an active volunteer and youth advocate for his community.
He has coached youth sports for more than 23 years, served as a Boy Scout leader for 15 years (he's an Eagle Scout), was the Tigard Chamber's First Citizen recipient in 1999 and a continuing supporter of the Tigard Historical Association, The Broadway Rose Theater Company Resource Council, Clackamas Community College of Business Advisory Board and Sons of the American Legion.
He and his wife Terri are proud parents to one son and one daughter. Mayor Cook’s dedication to Tigard follows a family tradition of service—his father, John E. Cook, served as Tigard's Mayor from 1984 to 1986.
Jason Snider, Council President
Term Expires: 12/31/20
Councilor Snider moved to Tigard in 1999 and began his full-time career as clinical manager at American Medical Response from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 to the present, he has been employed in a number of management roles at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and is currently the administrator of the Regional Gastroenterology Department. Councilor Snider began public service early in life, working as an Emergency Medical Technician his senior year of high school and served two years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board during his junior and senior years in high school.
He attended Willamette University in Salem, graduating with a BS in Economics and Biology. He received an MS in Evaluative Clinical Sciences in 1999 from Dartmouth Medical School. Councilor Snider volunteered as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer from 2001 to 2004 and was a member and Chair of the City of Tigard Budget Committee from May 2005 until December 2009.
John Goodhouse, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/18
Councilor Goodhouse is an independent insurance agent and local business owner who has been a resident of Tigard since 1974. He’s married to Rebecca and proud father to three children. He received his bachelor's degree in management, communications and leadership from Concordia University.
His volunteer service to the Tigard community includes past membership on the Tigard Planning Commission, the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Government & Public Policy committee, a position on the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Government Affairs Council chair, service as past president of Men’s Auxiliary VFW Post 3452 and youth support as a Cub Scout leader, sports coach, classroom volunteer and Friends of Tigard Football.
Tom Anderson, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/20
Tom Anderson has been an independent real estate agent for 18 years. He is the owner and principal broker of Tigard Real Estate.
Tom served on the Tigard Planning Commission for 7 years, including a stint as President. During his service time, the Planning Commission completed the Comprehensive Plan and the award winning Urban Forestry Plan. Tom has demonstrated leadership, an understanding of how to get citizen input, and his ability to work with city leaders.
Marc Woodard, Councilor
Term Expires: 12/31/18
Councilor Woodard, a longtime resident and 1978 Tigard High School graduate, has been involved in community functions, organizations and family-owned liquor store business for many years. He graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Exercise Science. He received his MBA in 2002 from National University, CA. In a military career spanning 21 years, he served in the Air Force as a non-commissioned officer in charge. Then graduated Class 36 Oregon Military Academy, Monmouth, OR and was commissioned in the US Army as a Medical Service Corps officer until 2003, CPT, ARNG Retired.
Occupation: Business consultant and online site author and founder of Mirror Athlete Corporation's health and fitness business. Councilor Woodard's civilian careers included corporate fire life safety manager, building services maintenance operations supervisor, USAFR recreation director, fitness manager and fitness consultant. He and wife Elizabeth have two daughters.
Tigard City Council Goals
- View the Council Goal Update (1st Quarter 2018)
- View the Tigard City Council Goals: Priorities for Council Attention and Action for 2017-19 (March, 2017)
If you have any questions regarding City Council, please contact City Recorder Carol Krager
Form of Government
Tigard operates under the Mayor/Council form of government which utilizes a city manager to act as the administrative head of the government of the city. The chief characteristic of this form is that the Council appoints a qualified person as City Manager or Administrator to take charge of the daily supervision of the City affairs. The Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council.The Mayor
Tigard's Mayor is elected at a general state election for a four-year period. The Mayor may not serve more than eight consecutive years as Mayor or on Council for more than twelve consecutive years.
- Serves as Chairman of Council and presides over its deliberations. He/she has a vote on all questions brought before the Council.
- Shall appoint the committees provided by the rules of Council.
- Shall sign all approved records of proceedings of the Council and counter-sign all orders on the treasury.
- Shall have no veto power and shall authenticate by signature all ordinances passed by the Council after being enacted.
- Is recognized as a community leader and serves as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes.
The Council President
The Councilor in this position presides over the Council in the Mayor's absence and may perform other functions of the Mayor at those times.
Except as stipulated otherwise in the City Charter, all powers of the city shall be vested in the Council.
- There are four Council positions; Councilors are elected from the city at large.
- Two Councilors are elected at each biennial general state election for a four-year term. No Councilor may serve more than eight consecutive years. (Exception: Limitation does not apply to filling of unexpired term.)
- The Council exercises all discretionary powers of the city, both legislative and executive, and has complete control over the City Administration; exercising this control through the City Administrator.
- The Council adopts city laws and changes them as needed.
- The Council determines city policies and sets standards.
- Determines recommendations as to what city taxes should be levied.