The Council

2024 council

The St. Louis City Council is composed of five members: Kevin Palmer, Fares Azzam, Mayor Ralph Echtinaw, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Leonard, and Elizabeth Upton. The Mayor's term is for two years and the rest of the council seats are four-year terms. Council meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 300 North Mill Street. All regular and special meetings of the council are open to the public.


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Jamie Long
City Clerk
300 North Mill Street
St. Louis, MI 48880
(989) 681-2137 ext. 1050


Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:00 pm

City Council Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:00 pm

City Council Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 2 @ 6:00 pm

City Council Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6:00 pm

City Council Board Meeting

Mayor Ralph Echtinaw

Mayor Ralph Echtinaw began his City Council service on January 1, 2024. He also serves on the Planning Commission and the Board of Review. Ralph is self employed as a window cleaner (I Feel Your Pane) and also operates the St. Louis Sentinel online newspaper.  He has lived in Gratiot County since 2001 and in St. Louis since 2011.

Term Expiration - 01/01/2026

Fares Azzam

Council Member Farés "Ferris" Azzam was elected in 2023.  He also serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission.  Azzam and his wife Liddy and their three children have lived in St. Louis since 2016.

Term Expiration - 1/1/2028

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer was appointed to the City Council to fill a vacancy on September 19, 2023.  Kevin previously chaired the Parks & Recreation Committee, served on the Board of Review, and served on the Compensation Committee.  He currently serves on the Planning Commission while continuing his lifelong residence in St. Louis with his family.

Term Expiration 01/01/2026.

Bill Leonard

Council Member Bill Leonard was elected in 2019. Bill serves on several City Boards and Commissions, including Planning Commission and Housing Commission. He has lived in St. Louis most of his life.

Term Expiration: 1/1/2028

Elizabeth Upton

Council Member Elizabeth Upton began her City Council service on January 1, 2022. She also serves on the Parks & Recreation Commission.

Term Expiration - 01/01/2026


Resolution 2023-23


Minutes for the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of St. Louis, County of Gratiot, State of Michigan, held in the City Hall Council Chambers on the 21st day of November 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Present:   Mayor Thomas L. Reed, William R. Leonard, Kevin D. Palmer, Elizabeth A. Upton

Absent:    Roger L. Collison

The following preamble and resolution were offered by Member Palmer, and supported by Member Upton:

WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Saint Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan, pursuant to Act 261 Michigan Public Acts of 1968, and in accordance with Section 5.1 of the Saint Louis City Charter, hereby gives notice to the public of the regular meeting schedule for the calendar year 2024.

WHEREAS, The City Council, in accordance with Section 5.1 of the Saint Louis City Charter, is required to hold meetings, on the first Monday following the first Sunday of January following the regular City election, for the purpose of installation of newly elected Council Members. Regular meetings shall be held at least twice each month.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the dates for holding said regular meetings shall be as follows:

January 8April 2July 2October 1
January 23April 16July 16October 15
February 6May 7August 6November 5
February 20May 21August 20November 19
March 5June 4September 3December 3
March 19June 18September 17December 17

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City Council hereby establishes as its place and time for holding aforesaid regular meetings as the City Council Chambers, City Office Building, 300 North Mill Street, Saint Louis, Michigan at 6:00 o'clock P.M except the first meeting in January shall be at 7:00 P.M. as stated in the City Charter.

Ayes:   Palmer, Upton, Leonard, Reed

Nays:   None

Resolution declared adopted this 21st day of November, 2023.