The Metro Council is nonpartisan. It’s made up of a president who is elected regionwide and six councilors who are elected by district every four years. The Council works together with community leaders and constituents on long-range plans that cross local boundaries to create a vibrant region, which includes 1.5 million people in 24 cities and three counties.
The president presides over the Council and sets its policy agenda. The Council appoints a chief operating officer to lead action on Council policy directives and manage Metro operations, and a Metro Attorney to provide legal services across the organization. The Council also gives voters a voice in decisions about how the Portland metropolitan area prepares for the future.