Your City Council


Like many other New England communities, Newport operates under a Home Rule Charter, which was adopted in 1953, and provides for a City Council - City Manager form of government.  Every two years, Newport voters are asked to elect a seven-member City Council, comprised of four At-Large seats and three Ward representatives.

The Council is headed by a Chairperson, who is elected by the majority and also holds the title of Mayor.  All legislative powers of the City are vested in the City Council by the Charter, including the ordering of any tax, making appropriations, and transacting any other business pertaining to the financial affairs of the City. 
In addition to their regular duties, Councilors are also assigned positions to serve as liaisons to various boards and commissions. These liaison assignments are an important part of creating a sense of cohesion among the City's various volunteer-led bodies.  


Meet Your City Councilor

Find out who represents your Ward & meet your at-large councilors

Email the Council

Send an email to the City Council
(See below for individual Council contact information)

Upcoming Meetings

Search upcoming meeting notices, view agendas, and watch it all online

Our Current Budget 

Learn about the City's annual spending plan

Watch Council Meetings Online

Search upcoming meeting notices, view agendas, and watch it all online

Mayor's Office

Learn about the role of Newport's mayor

City Council Meetings


The City Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in  the City Council Chambers, located on the Second Floor of Newport City Hall. Pre-meetings are held at 6:20 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.  During the months of November and December, the schedule may be altered due to the holiday season.\

In addition to livestreaming on the City's website, the Council's regular Wednesday night meetings are first aired on COX Cable channel 18 at 8 PM the following night and then aired throughout the duration until the next meeting.  Start times are approximate and depend on preceding program lengths. The schedule is listed on COX Cable Channel 17.  For special meetings and workshops, please check the program schedule on COX Channel 17.


Meet your City Councilors


Council News

Learn More about the Council's Strategic Plan

Learn More about the Council's Strategic Plan

The City Council is beginning the process of updating its Strategic Plan and we want to hear from YOU!

We're just getting started and if you'd like to learn more about the Council's current Strategic Plan and the process to developing a new vision for the next five years, please be sure to visit our dedicated website by clicking here 

You can also read up on the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan by clicking the link below!
2017-2021 Strategic Plan

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Review the Easton's Beach Condition Report

Review the Easton's Beach Condition Report

City Councilors met for a special workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 15th to discuss the current condition of the Easton's Beach complex. 

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Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Are you interested in getting more involved in the community? We're always on the lookout for volunteers to serve on our various Boards, Commissions, and Authorities!

Whether you're interested in bike and pedestrian safety, Newport Harbor, or Historic Preservation, there's more than likely a board or commission that could benefit from your involvment. Click below to learn more about our Boards and Commissions and to download an application.  

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