800-01
COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND PRO TEMPORE

SWOOSH_B&W

POLICY & PROCEDURE

Subject:

COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND PRO TEMPORE

Index: LEGISLATIVE

Number: 800-01

Effective Date:

10/21/2016

Supersedes:

11/16/2015

Page:

1 of 2

Staff Contact:

Jay Covington

Approved By:

1.0 PURPOSE:

To define the roll of the Council President and President Pro Tempore, and to establish guidelines for the selection of individuals to serve in these positions.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

City Councilmembers

3.0 REFERENCES:

RCW 35A.12.050

RCW 35A.12.060

RCW 35A.12.065

4.0 POLICY:

4.1    To provide for the efficient organization of Council business and activities, the Council shall elect from its members a President and President Pro Tempore.

4.1.1    The Council President shall serve a one-year term. During that period, he or she shall act as the spokesperson and official representative of the City Council, unless such authority is delegated to another Councilmember by majority vote of the Council.

4.1.2    Should there be a vacancy in the office of the Mayor for a period of less than 30 days; the Council President shall automatically assume the authority and the duties of the Mayor. Should the Mayor be unable, for any reason, to discharge the duties of his or her office for a period more than 30 consecutive days, the Council, by majority vote, shall select from among their membership an interim Mayor who shall serve until the Mayor returns to office or, in the case of permanent vacancy, until an election is held to select a new Mayor.

4.1.3    The President shall preside as chairman of all Council Committee of the Whole meetings.

4.1.4    The President Pro Tempore shall serve as President of the Council in the absence of the duly elected Council President.

4.1.5    The President shall serve in conjunction with the Chief Administrative Officer as the supervisor for the Council Liaison position.

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

N/A

6.0 PROCEDURES:

6.1    At a regularly scheduled City Council meeting in November, the floor shall be open to nominations for the purpose of electing a Council President and Present Pro Tempore to serve the following year. Such elections shall be made by majority vote of those Councilmembers present at the meeting. The nominations shall occur under the New Business portion of the Council meeting.

6.2    The Council President and President Pro Tempore shall assume the duties of their respective offices on January 1 of the new year.