The City Council consists of four Council Members and a Mayor. Council Members serve four-year terms and the Mayor serves a two-year term. The Mayor is elected at large; and beginning with the 2020 election, Council Members will be elected from districts.
The City Council is the legislative body and makes laws and policy decisions through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions. The City Council has adopted Norms and Values outlining the behaviors the City Council places upon itself as a body to guide how it will govern. The Norms and Values reflect the City Council's collective expectations for their working relationship, the role of the Council and its principles of governance to represent the community as a whole, and the relations between the City Council and City Staff. The City Council adopts the City budget, represents the City on County and regional governmental agencies, hosts ceremonial occasions, and carries out a great variety of other municipal responsibilities.
City Boards, Commissions and Committees assist the Council by:
- Advising on matters within their area of responsibility and interest, as prescribed by the City Council and its ordinances.
- Helping focus attention on specific issues and problems and recommending actions and alternatives for Council consideration.
- Acting as channels of communication and information among City government, the general public, and special interest groups.
- Providing direction toward achievement of City-wide goals and objectives.
- Encouraging broad citizen participation in the definition and formulation of City goals.
- Balancing community needs and desires with municipal responsibility and resources.