December 11, 2016


To contact a City Commissioner via email or phone or find out about City Commission meeting times and dates, all the information can be located directly on our website.


Contact a City Commissioner
800 4 Ave East, Suite 1
West Fargo, ND 58078

Rich Mattern:      (701) 793-0472
Mark Wentz:       (701) 371-2425
Duane Hanson:  (701) 367-4249
Mark Simmons:  (701) 306-3815
Mike Thorstad:   (701) 388-4907

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Participating in the City Commission Meeting

To submit an item to the Commission Agenda, fill out the Agenda Item Description form and bring in or send to:
City Auditor's Office
800 4 Ave E
West Fargo, ND 58078

Agenda items for an upcoming meeting must be submitted (at the latest) by 12:00 noon on the Thursday before the Monday of the meeting. If you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact the City Auditors office at (701) 433-5300.

West Fargo City Commission

The governing body of the City of West Fargo consists of a Board of City Commissioners. The Governing Board consists of a President of the Board (Mayor) and four City Commissioners. 

The next West Fargo City Commission Meeting will be MONDAY, December 19, 2016, at 5:30 pm in the City Commission Chambers.






City Commission Agendas    City Commission Minutes

City Commission

West Fargo City Commission group photo 


The President (Mayor) votes as a member of the board and does not have veto power.

The Board of City Commissioners meet every first and third Monday of each month.  The meeting time is 5:30 p.m. and is held in the West Fargo Commission Chambers located at 800 4th Avenue East in West Fargo.

There are five portfolios designated to each member of the City Commission.  Those portfolios include:

1.)    Finance and Government
2.)    Police and Fire
3.)    Streets and Improvements
4.)    Sanitation and Building Inspection
5.)    Waterworks and Sewerage 

Every two years, after each election, a reorganization meeting is scheduled to distribute the portfolios to each Commissioner.  Typically the President (Mayor) holds the Finance and Government portfolio and the remaining portfolios are assigned by the President (Mayor) to the four Commissioners. Each Commissioner is also assigned a secondary portfolio.  The Vice-Chair of the Board is also appointed at this time as well as the following officers: 

City Administrator
Finance Director
Business Development Director
Planning Director
Chief of Police
Public Works Director
City Engineer
Assistant City Engineer
City Attorney
Assistant City Attorney
Assistant City Health Officer
Building Inspector


City Commission Members


Mayor Rich Mattern

Mayor Rich Mattern, President
Term Expires June 2018
Portfolio:  Finance and City Hall

Commissioner Wentz

Mark Wentz, Commissioner
Term Expires June 2018
Portfolio:  Sanitation

Commissioner Brian Schulz

Duane Hanson, Commissioner
Term Expires June 2018
Portfolio:  Sewer and Water

Commissioner Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons, Commissioner
Term Expires June 2020
Portfolio:  Streets

Mike Thorstad

Mike Thorstad, Commissioner
Term Expires June 2020
Portfolio:  Police and Fire