City Council


The legislative body of Westland is the City Council.  The City Council is charged with a number of tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Approval of the yearly City budget
  • Authorize the borrowing of funds through bonds
  • Approval of City expenditures
  • Enacting City ordinances
  • Modifying the City Charter


The City Council consists of seven Council persons, elected at large. Four Council persons are elected at each regular odd year City election. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected to four year terms and the candidate receiving the fourth highest number of votes is elected to a two year term. The term of office commences at noon on January 1, following the election and expires at noon two or four years thereafter.

  1. James Hart

    James Hart

    Council President

  1. Andrea Rutkowski

    Andrea Rutkowski

    Council President Pro-Tem

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    Emily Bauman

    Council Member

  1. James Godbout

    James Godbout

    Council Member

  1. Peter Herzberg

    Peter Herzberg

    Council Member

  1. Mike McDermott

    Mike McDermott

    Council Member

  1. Melissa Sampey Official Headshot 180x224

    Melissa Sampey

    Council Member


City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of every month.  If a regular meeting should fall on a legal holiday, the regular meeting is held at the same time and place on the next secular day, which is not a holiday.
View the City Council Calendar for meeting information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes