City Council

The Council is the policy-making body of the city. They adopt laws and regulations, adopt annual City goals and objectives and adopt budgets providing a wide range of public services. They give direction to city staff through the City Manager  who serves at the pleasure of the City Council.  The Mayor is the leader of the governing body and presides over the council meetings.  The mayor only votes in the case of a tie vote by the city councilors.

Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the McMinnville Civic Hall at 200 NE 2nd Street. City Council meetings are a foundational element of McMinnville governance allowing Citizens an opportunity to speak to their elected officials directly and to watch governance in action. Each session is open to the public, streamed live and replayed on local community TV channels. All material is also posted on the City's website before each meeting and material is retained on the site for historical purposes.


Mayor, City of McMinnville
Scott Hill                 Phone:  (503) 434-5547

McMinnville's Mayor is elected at large for a four-year term  and does not receive compensation for his or her service.  The mayor presides over the Council and is responsible for preserving order, enforcing the rules of the Council and determining the order of business under the rules of the Council.

"I’m recently retired from banking after 37 years as a senior level leader with commercial, retail and mortgage experience.  For the past 12 years I have represented ward 1 on the city council.  I’m committed to the community in which I live and have been involved with McMinnville Chamber, McMinnville Downtown Association, the Library Foundation, United Way, American Lung Association and the Oregon Partnership.  Currently I’m a scouting volunteer, served for over 20 years on the city budget committee, has numerous other city committee appointments and I’m actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I have raised my family in McMinnville and currently enjoy the livability of McMinnville with my wife Donna."

Term expires:  12/31/2020


Councilor, Ward 1
Kevin Jeffries                 Phone:  (503) 434-8998

"I joined the McMinnville City Council in February of 2009. Since that time I have witnessed local government at it’s best. McMinnville, in my opinion, exemplifies democracy, customer service, and public involvement. We are not perfect, but we strive to be the best we can everyday. That is why it’s pleasure to serve on the council and to work with the best staff and citizen volunteers anywhere.

Background: I grew up in Dayton, and like many small towns around Yamhill County, McMinnville was my playground. After serving a mission for the LDS Church to the Philippines in 2002, I attended Western Oregon University where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in History and my Masters in teaching in 2006 and 2007 respectively. While in collage, I married the most amazing person I’ve ever known, Susan, and together we chose to start are lives and build our family in McMinnville. In 2014 our son Ben was born and since then I’ve tried to see McMinnville through his eyes. I’m eternally thankful for that perspective.   

From 2008 to 2011 I was a policy director, communications director and legislative assistant to three state legislators. In 2011 I left the legislator to take a job with the State Department of Consumer and Business Services as the Insurance Division’s Consumer Liaison. In this role I direct outreach efforts to Oregon’s insurance buying public, lead agent trainings, and serve as the division’s first responder to major disasters in order to provide assistance to people who have insurance claims from tornados, fires, and or ice/snow storms.  I thoroughly love what I do because I work with a great group of people and I’m able to make a positive impact on peoples lives every day.

Having traveled to every corner of this state and back, I can say with some authority that McMinnville is a truly special place. I’m so grateful to be able to live here and honor to serve as one if your city councilors."

Term expires:  12/31/2018


Councilor, Ward 1
Wendy Stassens                 Phone:  (503) 560-5189

Wendy Stassens is a partner with her husband in Winsome Construction, a McMinnville based construction company, and also a principal broker with Bella Casa Real Estate Group.  Prior to being elected in November 2016 to represent Ward 1 on the City Council, Wendy served for 10 years on the City of McMinnville Planning Commission, serving as commission chair for 3 years.  Wendy also played an active role on the Northeast Gateway Advisory Committee and now is the acting vice chair of the McMinnville Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. 

“When my husband and I moved to McMinnville in 2006 with our young kids it was because we fell in love with the small town feel, vibrant downtown, local businesses, friendly citizens, and amazing parks.  I know that these attributes do not manifest by accident, but take foresight, planning, and dedicated collaboration among high functioning teams to create.   I had been interested in community design and planning since working with world-renowned green architect, Will McDonough, when I was studying at the University of Virginia, and I was struck by the incredible planning that has gone into making McMinnville the livable, vibrant community that it is today.  Working in construction and real estate, I have learned that my husband and I are not the only ones to be drawn here because of these community attributes.  The more I have become involved with the McMinnville city government, the more my esteem has grown for this exceptional community.  The quality of character of its staff, public servants, and citizens is truly extraordinary.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it!”

When Wendy is not working with her businesses or the city she loves trying to keep up with her 8 and 12 year old, gardening with her husband, perusing the local farmer’s markets, traveling with her family to new and interesting places, running, or trying to strike that perfect yoga pose. 

Term expires:  12/31/2020


Council President, Ward 2
Kellie Menke                 Phone:  (503) 472-2742

Council President Menke was elected by the Council to serve as its president in January 2017.   In the Mayor’s absence, Council President Menke presides over Council deliberations, preserves order, enforces the rules of the Council and determines the order of business under the rules of the Council while continuing to vote as a Councilor.
  "I retired as a Certified Public Accountant in January 2014 with the sale of my public accounting business of 27 years.  I have served on the McMinnville City Council for almost 12 years representing the City's Ward 2.  I love McMinnville and it's great community spirit.  I currently enjoy serving in the community as a treasurer, board member and volunteer for The Soup Kitchen at St Barnabas Episcopal Church. I have served as a treasurer and board member for the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and the Library Foundation.  I served 5 years on the McMinnville Budget Committee prior to being initially appointed a member of City Council.  I have served on numerous City committees and as Council President. I am also a member of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary for 19 years chairing many of the Club's fundraisers and held the office of president twice.  I have raised our daughters, Major Taunja Menke and Mrs. Tricia Brost in McMinnville with my husband Gene Menke."

Term expires:  12/31/2020


Councilor, Ward 2
Alan Ruden                 Phone:  (503) 435-2412

Term expires:  12/31/2018



Councilor, Ward 3
Remy Drabkin                 Phone:  (503) 560-2003

Remy Drabkin was born and raised in McMinnville and also lived and studied in Pittsburgh, Israel, and France.  She is a graduate of both Mac High and Linfield College, majoring in History and minoring in World Religions.  Remy is an entrepreneur, she started her local winery business in 2006, having worked in wine since 1995.  Remy served on the McMinnville Planning Commission for four years before being elected to City Council.  She spends her free time enjoying life with her family.

Term expires:  12/31/2018



Councilor, Ward 3
Adam Garvin                  Phone:  (503) 560-8281

McMinnville native Adam Garvin got his first taste of civic engagement at age 19 when he began a stint as volunteer for the McMinnville Fire Department. From there he has broadened his community involvement to include serving on the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Treasurer of McMinnville Jaycees, Board Member of the McMinnville Noon Kiwanis Club, and member of the McMinnville Chamber Government Affairs Council.

Adam decided to run for City Council after attending council meetings regularly for the last four years. He won election in November 2016 and joined Councilor Remy Drabkin in representing Ward 3. “I am committed to an open and transparent process promoting a flourishing city and economic prosperity for many generations to come. Our city provides a unique atmosphere and culture. I will honor the legacy of my predecessors while keeping a keen eye on strategic innovation and growth opportunities moving forward.”

Adam’s entrepreneurial spirit was rewarded nine years ago when he successfully established his full-time business, Xtreme Auto Spa. When not tending to business matters or civic duties, Adam enjoys outdoor activities. An avid Portland Trail Blazers and Timbers fan, you can likely catch him at one of their many home games throughout the season. Adam resides in northeast McMinnville with his partner Trish, son Aidan, and their beloved German Shepherd, Carrera, happily awaiting the arrival of a baby boy in July 2017.

Term expires:  12/31/2020

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04/18/2017 Pedestrian safety | Improvement projects | Open House

Come to the 2017 Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety  Improvements Project
Open House!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Drop-in any time during the open house
McMinnville Civic Hall at 200 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville


04/12/2017 Municipal Court | clean slate | fine payment | reinstatement
  • The Municipal Court is offering a 'Clean Slate' program. 
  • The City of McMinnville is eliminating half off your fine balance when you pay your balance in full. 
  • The citation must be over 2 years old from the conviction date. 
04/12/2017 non profit | community contributions program

The City of McMinnville is accepting request for funds proposals from local nonprofit organizations.