City Council Overview

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The City of Rockford operates under the Council/Manager form of government, a system that combines the policy leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council, with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager.

The Council is the legislative body that represents the community and is empowered by the City Charter to formulate citywide policy. The City Council is comprised of five members, elected by the community at-large. The Council in turn elects the Mayor from among its members.

The City Manager, appointed by the Council, is responsible for administration of City affairs, day-to-day operations, and implementation of Council policies.

Meet City Council

City Council Members left to right: Terry Konkle, Dale Dalman, Ed Ross, Tammy Bergstrom, Cheryl Scales


Edward Ross is married with three children and two grandchildren. He presently serves as Mayor on City Council. Present Board Member and former President of Rockford Area Community Endowment since 2002. Present Member Rockford Lions since 2012. Present Committee member and Announcer for Rockford Relay for Life since 2008. Board Member 911 Remembrance Committee 2010 -2011. Board Member Sjogren Memorial Committee 2015 – 2017. Member and Former President of Rockford Jaycees 1994 – 2000. Board Member Rockford Community Federal Credit Union 2002- 2006. Former Little League Baseball and Soccer Coach.

Ed found the opportunity to move his Family to Rockford in 1993 and considers it one of the best choices and biggest blessings for his family. He could not have thought of a better place for he and his wife to raise their three sons. When Ed first came to Rockford, he was invited to join the Rockford Jaycees. Through this service group, he learned a lot about community involvement, was able to meet new friends, and developed relationships that will last a lifetime. At the end of every meeting, they would all stand and recite the Jaycee Creed which ended with, “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life”. One of the things Ed finds to be so special about Rockford and the people of Rockford is that so many residents live this Creed in one form or another. Many find a variety of ways to support the citizens and businesses of this community.

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Tammy Bergstrom has been a resident of Rockford for 36 years. She is married to Herb Bergstrom and has three adult children: Lars, Nils and Arne, who attended Our Lady of Consolation grade school and Rockford Public Schools.

Tammy served on the Rockford City Council from 2012 to 2016 and was elected again in 2018. She previously served on the Rockford Planning Commission for 13 years, the Rockford Board of Review for 12 years, and as a member of the Rockford Parks and Recreation Committee. As a member of the City Council, she serves on the Krause Memorial Library Exploratory Committee to plan for future needs of the community library. She is also a member of the Wolverine Community Advisory Group.

In her professional life, Tammy has served as the Marketing Manager at Varnum LLP for the past 17 years. In her earlier career, she served as a reporter for various publications, covering the City of Rockford and other northern Kent County municipalities.

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Terry Konkle has been a member of the Rockford City Council since 2016. Prior to that he attended council meetings regularly beginning in 2011 when he presented plans and updates on the new Rockford Area Museum. He has been President of the Rockford Area Historical Society for over 25 years and writes historical columns for The Rockford Squire. Over his years in Rockford he has written over 900 columns for local papers. A Rockford resident since 1960, when he was hired by the Rockford school system, Terry taught writing and literature classes at Rockford High School and was the English Department Chairman for several years. He also coached basketball, football, tennis and girls softball. He retired from teaching in 1990 after 30 years and coaching in 2003 after 41 years. He was elected to RHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. His wife, Janette, was also inducted into the group in 1999.

Terry and his wife have been members of the Rockford Methodist Church since 1960 and owned and operated “Sports Treasures” for 20 years downtown Rockford. Terry was commissioner on the Rockford H.U.D. Commission from 2001-2018. In October 2017, Terry was presented a national “Excellence in Community Service Award” from the Daughters of the American Revolution Sophie de Marsac Chapter in Grand Rapids. Terry and his wife have been married for 61 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  

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Cheryl Scales has been a Rockford resident for 26 years. She is married to Jim Scales and has two children, Christine Scales and Jim Scales both Rockford High School graduates.

Cheryl has been a City of Rockford Council member for 4 years and Mayor for two years. She also serves as the Board Secretary for North Kent Connect. Prior to running for City Council, she was a member of the Rockford Zoning Board of Appeals for ten years.

In Chery’s professional life she is a Principal and Professional Senior Civil Engineer at Progressive AE, Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI

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Dale Dalman has lived in the Highlands neighborhood of Rockford since 2008. He has been married to Sheryl, a retired Rockford Public School teacher, for 36 years. They are parents of three children and grandparents of five. Dale has a MA from Calvin Theological Seminary and is an alum of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University. He is a pastor of Esperanza Covenant Church located on the NW side of Grand Rapids.

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