The City Manager's office provides support for the City Council and City Departments. The City Manager resides in La Grande, serves as the City's Chief Administrative Officer, and is appointed by the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the City Council's policies; implementation of the City Council's adopted goals; keeping the City Council and citizens informed; preparing the City's annual budget; supervising and coordinating the efforts of multiple Department Directors; directing the City's daily operations to assure the efficient, equitable, and timely delivery of services; and the resolution of complaints.
Robert Strope joined the City of La Grande in January of 2008. Robert has over 20 years of experience as a City Manager in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He also served as a Community Commander for the United States Army's military community of Wurzburg, Germany for three years. His education includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, from Boise State University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Idaho. He is also a retired Army officer, having served for over 21 years in the logistics field. Robert and Patty, his wife of over 40 years, have two adult children and two granddaughters.
The Assistant to the City Manager is the primary contact in the City Manager's office, maintains the City Manager's schedule, and coordinates activities of the City Manager's Office.