About Council

Mayor and Council Members

Comox has a Mayor and six Councillors, elected at large for four-year terms (ending October 2022).

The Mayor and the Councillors are shown below as follows (left to right):

  • Alex Bissinger, Councillor
  • Ken Grant, Councillor
  • Nicole Minions, Councillor
  • Russ Arnott, Mayor
  • Stephanie McGowan, Councillor
  • Maureen Swift, Councillor
  • Pat McKenna, Councillor


Council Meetings

View Council Meetings via Livestream: Available shortly before 5:00 pm on each Regular Council Meeting date via the Town of Comox YouTube channel.

View the 2021 Council Meeting Schedule, Agenda and Minutes

Meeting Schedule: Regular Council Meetings are scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm and; Strategic Planning Committee Meetings are scheduled for either the second or fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Click here to view the current schedule.

Location: All meetings are held in Council Chambers located at 1801B Beaufort Avenue, (beside d’Esterre Senior Centre). PLEASE NOTE: At this time, due to COVID-19, Regular Council Meetings will be conducted by electronic means with some members of Council participating electronically. While the public will not be permitted to be in attendance, the public may view the live-streamed proceedings of Council via the Town of Comox YouTube page.

Submitting Public Questions: A Public Question Period takes place at the end of each Regular Council Meeting. As residents are unable to attend meetings in person at this time, questions about specific agenda items can be emailed to agenda@comox.ca up to 4:30 pm each Regular Council Meeting day. Questions will be read out at the meeting and responses provided. Please include both your name and full address for identification purposes.

Appear as a Delegation: If you want to appear before Council - complete and submit a Request to Appear as a Delegation form.

Submitting Written Submissions: If you wish to provide a written submission to Council, please send an email to council@comox.ca or a letter via mail / in-person to the address noted below. Written submissions to Council, including personal information, may be considered in a public meeting and/or made public on our website. Copies may also be provided to someone who asks. Please do not give more personal information than is necessary, and do not include any defamatory or other inappropriate information (which the Town accepts no responsibility or liability for). Personal information you provide to the Town is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and used for purposes related to its subject.

Strategic Priorities

View the 2021 Draft Strategic Plan here, which will be reviewed by Council at the April 14 Strategic Planning Committee meeting, for adoption at the April 21, 2021 Regular Council Meeting.

View the 2020 Strategic Priorities Chart

Mayor’s Inaugural Address and Year in Review

Mayor Arnott's 2020 Year in Review

Mayor Arnott's 2019 Year in Review

Mayor Russ Arnott's Inaugural Address (2018)

Contact Council

If you would like to send a message to Council as a whole, please send to council@comox.ca and each member will receive a copy of your message. Please include your full name and address with your message. If you are submitting a hard copy in person please submit only one copy and we will ensure distribution to each of the council members.

Mayor Russ Arnott

Home Phone: 250-890-1224
E-Mail: rarnott@comox.ca

Councillor Alex Bissinger

Home Phone: 250-327-4974
E-Mail: abissinger@comox.ca

Councillor Ken Grant

Home Phone: 250-792-0007
E-Mail: kgrant@comox.ca

Councillor Stephanie McGowan

Home Phone: 250-218-5586
E-Mail: smcgowan@comox.ca

Councillor Pat McKenna

Home Phone: 250-465-1994
E-Mail: pmckenna@comox.ca

Councillor Nicole Minions

Home Phone: 250-650-8458
E-Mail: nminions@comox.ca

Councillor Maureen Swift

Home Phone: 250-339-1211
E-Mail: mswift@comox.ca

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