City Of McMinnville
The City of McMinnville has a Council/Manager form of government. The six-member City Council is the policy-making body of the city. Members appoint a City Manager to perform the administrative duties required for the effective and efficient operation of the city. The Mayor presides over City Council meetings, makes appointments and officially represents the city at meetings and special events. The city government has a statewide reputation for stability and effective governance and management. City services are delivered by over 140 full-time and seasonal part-time employees and many volunteers.
The McMinnville Fire Department delivers fire suppression, fire prevention, fire inspections and emergency medical services to more than 55,000 people in the 450 square-mile urban McMinnville and Rural District and promotes safety through fire prevention education. The Fire Department’s 90 members are comprised of both career and part-time employees and volunteers from throughout the community. Modern equipment, strong leadership, volunteerism and an ongoing training program help provide McMinnville with one of the lowest fire insurance rates around.
A new state-of-the-art public safety building opened in 2008, home to the McMinnville Police Department. With 34 sworn officers, 10 non-sworn officers, a 6-member reserve unit, and over 35 volunteers, the McMinnville Police provide around-the-clock protection to residents and property.
- McMinnville established its own Water and Light department in 1889 and continues today to provide low-cost, reliable water and power services. In fact, McMinnville currently offers the lowest electricity rates in the state!
- Water is supplied from surface water in the Coast Range and flows through a modern waste treatment plant on its way to McMinnville. McMinnville’s soft mountain water is excellent in taste and quality.
- The sanitary sewer system covers about 90 percent of the city. Its 108-mile pipe system utilizes 12 pumping stations to deliver sewage to a water reclamation facility where state of the art water purification occurs. The plant is equipped to handle normal city growth through 2015.
- Western Oregon Waste, a privately owned and operated firm since 1928, provides a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial waste and recycling services for McMinnville and Yamhill County.
City of McMinnville