Form of Government
On November 3, 1998, the voters of the City of Cranston approved a referendum amending the Cranston Home Rule Charter changing its form of government from a mayor form of government to a mayor/council form of government
The Cranston City Council is comprised of six wards and three city-wide councilors. The current council was elected on November 6, 2018 , they took office on January 7, 2019 and their terms expire January 4, 2021. To find your ward and Councilperson click below:
Find Your Councilperson
Each new Council adopts a set of rules at its Inauguration meeting. Click on Council Rules.
The Cranston City Council meets on the 4th Monday of every month, except when it falls on a holiday they meet on the Tuesday. Note in December, the regular meeting is held on the 3rd Monday.
Meetings are held at 7 pm. in Council Chambers which is located on the 3rd floor of City Hall. All meetings are open to the public with two opportunities for public speaking, one on matters listed on the Docket, and the other is an open session in which the public can speak on any matter.
Regular Council meetings are televised and broadcast on cable Public Access cable
The current meeting can be viewed on the Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m. following the meeting date as well as the following week and may be available for the entire month on those days.
Cox Communications subscribers - Channel 18
Verizon subscribers - Channel 30
Meetings may be viewed on line at by clicking the link below:
We are currently in the processing of archiving additional Council meetings to the website.
The meeting should generally be available via our website, the week following the meeting date.
Special meetings are called on an as needed basis, and are advertised in the Cranston Herald or Providence Journal. All Council, including Committee meetings, are posted on the Secretary of State's website and also on the City's website under Calendar
Matters requiring Council action or approval are introduced as New Business at either a regular or special council meeting called for that purpose. All new matters are referred either to Committee or the City Council for public hearing which is advertised.
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