City Council

2016-2017 Mayor and City Council Portrait
2016 Mayor-Council Portrait

Photo by Teresa Clerkin
 
About City Council
City Council makes laws, budgets City money, and establishes policy and procedures for City staff. Council Members must be at least 21 years old at the time of election, be a U.S. citizen and a qualified voter of the City, must have lived in the City for at least a year before the election, and in the ward they wish to represent for six months prior to election.

City Council Members also serve on the several Council Committees as well as liaisons appointments to City boards and commissions.

See the 2016-2017 Council Meeting Schedule approved by the City Council.

City Council Government
Each of the City's five wards has two Council Members. Article III of the City Charter and Chapter 2 of the City Code define in detail the duties and powers of the City Council. 

Elections are held each year to elect one member from each ward for a "staggered" two-year term. However, in some instances when a Council member resigns or a seat is left vacant due to the death of a Council member, it is possible to have both seats from a ward up for election on the same ballot. In that case, the person elected by the Council to serve out the remainder of the immediate Council year can then file to run at the next general election to serve the remainder of the successor's two-year term.

In April, 1993, the voters of the City approved amending the Charter to allow an eight-year limit on the time a person can serve on the Council. Those eight years do not have to be consecutive.