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The following protocols were developed at an Albany City Council training session held on January 16, 2018. They are intended to set expectations for members of the Albany council and provide a model to guide the conduct and working relationships of council members. While some protocols relate specifically to council meetings, others are meant to apply broadly to the full scope of council members’ official interactions. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, and may be augmented or amended by future action of the council.


Council members agree to use respectful speech and positive body language when interacting with each other, staff, and the public, and will follow meeting procedures/protocols as established by the council.


Council members agree to demonstrate civility in their professional interactions, both within and outside of the City organization. Comments during meetings will remain thoughtful and measured, avoiding exaggerated, provocative, or personal remarks.


Open-mindedness and active listening will be practiced by council members during deliberations in an effort to pursue compromise whenever possible.


Council members will endeavor to respectfully ‘agree to disagree’ in the event compromise is not possible.


Council members will ensure their comments during meetings are succinct and relevant to the topic at hand.

Public unity

Out of respect for the institution and the process through which policy is made, council members will refrain from publicly denigrating council decisions once they are made.

Mayor’s role

Council members recognize that the mayor’s position requires balancing the important roles of facilitating meetings and contributing policy perspectives.

Liaison role

Council members serving as City liaisons to external boards, commissions, committees, and organizations will be responsible for sharing important news and pertinent developments with the council at regular meetings.

Communications with staff

Council members will keep the city manager informed of communications they may have with staff, including copying the city manager on any emails to staff.

  • J.C. Powell (1865)
  • E.F. Russell (1866-1867)
  • Jacob Norcross (1868)
  • A.W. Stanard (1869-1870)
  • N.H. Cranor (1871)
  • A.W. Sweeney (1872)
  • Collins Van Cleve (1873)
  • Martin V. Brown (1874)
  • David Froman (1875)
  • N.B. Humphrey (1876)
  • Allen Parker (1877)
  • Jason Wheeler (1878)
  • Thomas Monteith (1878)
  • D.G. Clark (1880)
  • David Froman (1881)
  • Ira C. Dickey (1882)
  • Walter M. Ketchum (1883)
  • John Lindsey Hill (1884)
  • Walter M. Ketchum (1885)
  • J.K. Weatherford (1886-1887)
  • J.L. Cowan (1888-1893)
  • L. Flinn (1894-1895)
  • C.G. Burkhart (1896-1899)
  • W.H. David (1900-1905)
  • J.P. Wallace (1906-1911)
  • P.D. Gilbert (1912-1913)
  • L.M. Curl (1914-1920)
  • P.A. Young (1921-1924)
  • J.H. Robnett (1925-1926)
  • Mark Weatherford (1927-1928)
  • V.L. Calavan (1929-1932)
  • W.L. Jackson (1933-1936)
  • Charles Ashton (1937-1939)
  • A.G. Senders (1939-1942)
  • G.C. Knodell (1943-1946)
  • Ralph Banton (1947-1948)
  • Jess Savage (1949-1950)
  • Lyle M. Bain (1951-1952)
  • Charles K. McCormack (1953-1956)
  • William L. Fitzpatrick (1957-1962)
  • Larry D. Roth (1963-1964)
  • Russell W. Tripp (1965-1970)
  • Donald R. Catt (1971-1972)
  • Platt Davis (1973-1974)
  • David C. Hayes (1975-1976)
  • Leonard Roche (1977-1978)
  • Richard Olsen (1979-1980)
  • Donald Brudvig (1981-1984)
  • Tom Holman (1985-1988)
  • Keith J. Rohrbough (1989-1992)
  • Eugene Belhumeur (1993-1994)
  • Charles A. McLaran (1995-2006)
  • Doug Killin (2007)
  • Dan Bedore (2008)
  • Sharon Konopa (2009-2020)
  • Alex Johnson II (2021-present)

In City buildings

All visitors are welcome! To help you enjoy your visit, we remind everyone of the responsibility to use City buildings in a manner that does NOT:

  • interfere with the rights of other individuals to access or use City materials, resources, and services;
  • limit the ability of City staff to conduct City business; and
  • threaten the secure and comfortable environment of City buildings.

To promote the safety and well-being of all visitors and staff, and to protect resources, equipment, and facilities, these activities are prohibited:

  • Use of public restrooms for bathing, shaving, washing hair, changing clothes in plain view of others, or other inappropriate activities.
  • Sleeping in public spaces.
  • Having offensive hygiene, odor, or scent that constitutes a nuisance to other persons.
  • Behaving in a loud, boisterous, offensive, indecent, or disruptive manner; willfully annoying, harassing, intimidating, or threatening another person; using abusive or threatening language or gestures; fighting or threatening to fight; running; pushing; shoving; or throwing things.
  • Remaining in the building after closing.
  • Leaving children unattended.
  • Impeding access to the building or an area of the building or blocking passageways, doorways, or aisles.
  • Damaging the building, furnishings, or equipment; moving or tampering with tables, chairs, equipment, or other furniture.
  • Bringing non-service animals into the building.
  • Leaving unattended personal items in the building. City staff will not guard personal items for patrons. The City assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items. Unattended items may be removed from the premises without notice.
  • Entering non-public areas unless accompanied by a staff member.
  • Soliciting, campaigning, fundraising, or selling unless allowed pursuant to an executed rental agreement with the City of Albany.
  • Posting notices, posters, or flyers in City Hall unless authorized by the City Manager’s Office.
  • Visitors who engage in prohibited activities or repeated misconduct may be asked to leave the premises or may be removed by the Albany Police Department.

For remote participation in public meetings

  • Please make sure your first and last name appear in Zoom:
    • During your Zoom meeting, click Participants at the bottom of your screen.
    • A list of participants will show to the right. Hover the mouse pointer over your name until you see the option More.
    • Click More and select Rename.
    • In the pop-up box, enter your first and last name and click OK or Rename to confirm.
  • Make sure your microphone is muted and your camera is off until you are called upon to speak and are moved into the meeting from the waiting room.
  • Remote participant(s) who disrupt the meeting will be muted and moved to the waiting room and/or removed from the meeting.
  • If you have not signed up to speak, you can watch the meeting on YouTube ( or Facebook (

Join us again next year!

Details on the 2022-2023 contest will be posted in January 2023.

The City of Albany held our first local contest as part of the 2021-2022 "If I Were Mayor..." student contest presented by the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA).

General contest rules

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For more information

  • City of Albany contest: Please contact Communications & Engagement Officer Matt Harrington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Statewide contest: Please contact Debi Higgins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angela Speier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2021-2022 Contest Winners

4/5th grade winner Brynlee


7/6/8th grade winner Mikayla


If I Were Mayor (pdf)


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