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.
Mayor Geri McCaleb was elected to office as mayor in 2011. She has eight years experience previously serving on council from 2001-2009. She was born in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, but has lived in Grand Haven most of her life. She attended Grand Valley State University, where she majored in earth science and minored in history. She is married to John McCaleb, and they have two children: Alisha and Matt. Her interests include politics, geology, hiking, photography, and sewing.
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 John Hierholzer was elected to office November 8, 2011. He was born and raised in Grand Haven. His mother, Fran Hierholzer, is a former councilmember. John moved here from Spring Lake with his wife Linda in 1989. He retired after 28 years as a letter carrier for the Grand Haven Post Office. The last nine years he served as a board member of the Cemetery Board, six as chairman. John is very interested in the Civil War, buying and selling artifacts, as well as making school and public presentations about the Civil War.
Councilmember Robert Monetza was elected to office November 3, 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 has been employed at Alcoa-Howmet Corporation as a Facilities Manager since 1988.
Councilmember Dennis Scott was elected to office November 3, 2009. A lifetime 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.