About the Council
The council-manager system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council, with the strong managerial experience of city manager appointed by City Council. It is a representative system where legislative power is focused in the elected council and the professionally trained city manager oversees the delivery of public services. In addition to the city manager, the council also annually appoints the clerk of the council, the city assessor, and the city attorney.
The five-member council is elected for four-year terms and members are elected on a staggered basis. Four members are elected to represent wards and one member is elected at-large. The council elects the mayor from the council for two-year terms. All registered voters are eligible to vote for all members of City Council.
The City Council approves the budget and determines the tax rate. The council also focuses on the community's goals, major projects, and long-term considerations such as economic development, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning.
The city manager makes recommendations to council, and the council may adopt them, modify them, or reject the recommendations. The city manager is bound by whatever action the mayor and council takes.