Chapter 2.04
CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR

Sections:

2.04.010    Legislative power.

2.04.020    Composition.

2.04.030    Qualifications.

2.04.040    Election – Terms.

2.04.050    Organization meeting.

2.04.060    Compensation.

2.04.070    Excused absences.

2.04.075    Telephonic or other electronic participation.

2.04.080    Office of Mayor.

2.04.090    Mayor – Additional duties.

2.04.100    Mayor – Election and term.

2.04.110    Office of Vice-Mayor.

2.04.120    Vice-Mayor – Election and term.

2.04.130    Mayor and Vice-Mayor – Succession.

2.04.140    Declared – When.

2.04.150    Filling vacancies.

2.04.010 Legislative power.

The legislative power of the City is vested in the City Council. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.010].

2.04.020 Composition.

The Council shall consist of seven members elected to designated seats by the voters at large. [Ord. 571-11 § 1, 2011; Ord. 474-04 § 1, 2004; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.020].

2.04.030 Qualifications.

A. The Council members must be qualified electors of the City, and must have been domiciled in the City or territory annexed to the City for at least one year prior to the date of filing a nomination petition for election to Council.

B. A Council member who ceases to be eligible to be a City voter shall immediately forfeit his office.

C. All persons filing nominating petitions for City Council seats must file a letter of intent stating that they will remain in the City for a period of at least one year.

D. If, for any reason, a Council member moves away from the City, or territory annexed to the City, the Council shall immediately declare his or her seat vacant.

E. The definition of “domicile” for the purpose of this section shall be: that place where a person’s true, fixed and permanent home, to which the person, when absent, has the intent of returning. [Ord. 261-92 § 2, 1992; Ord. 167-90 § 1, 1990; Ord. 25, 1985; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.030].

2.04.040 Election – Terms.

An election shall be held annually on the first Tuesday of October, to choose the members of the City Council. The voters shall elect a Council member to a designated seat for a three-year term and until his or her successor is elected and has qualified. The terms of the designated seats shall be staggered on a three-year cycle as follows:

A. The terms for seats “B,” “C” and “G” shall expire in one year.

B. The terms for seats “E” and “F” shall expire in the second year.

C. The terms for seats “A” and “D” shall expire in the third year.

The regular term of office begins at the organizational meeting on the next regular meeting more than seven days following the election. [Ord. 571-11 § 2, 2011; Ord. 474-04 § 2, 2004; Ord. 101-88 § 2(A), 1988; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.040].

2.04.050 Organization meeting.

At the next regular meeting, more than seven days following the election, the new Council members shall be sworn in and seated. [Ord. 262-92 § 2, 1992; Ord. 164-90 § 1, 1990; Ord. 101-88 § 2(B), 1988; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.050].

2.04.060 Compensation.

Council members shall serve without compensation. A Council member’s compensation shall not be changed during his term of office. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.060].

2.04.070 Excused absences.

A. A Council member’s absence from a regular Council meeting may be excused only if:

1. The member is excused by motion of the Council at a regular meeting;

2. The absence occurs because the member was conducting authorized business on behalf of the City, in which case the absence will be automatically excused and the excusable absence will be noted in the minutes of the meeting at which the absence occurred.

B. No Council member may be excused from more than four regular meetings in a 12-month period unless the additional absences are necessitated by:

1. Conditions of the member’s employment which are beyond his control; or

2. Any injury or illness of the member or a member of his family.

C. Except as hereinafter provided, all Council member requests for an excused absence must be made in writing, including electronic facsimile transmission or email delivered to the City Clerk.

D. In the event of an absence resulting from an event beyond the control of the Council member, the Council member, within 14 days, may request in writing to be excused from a missed meeting. [Ord. 02-2016 § 3, 2016; Ord. 569-11 § 2, 2011; Ord. 432-01 § 2, 2001; Ord. 424-01 § 2, 2001; Ord. 295-93 § 2, 1993; Ord. 214-92 § 1, 1991; Ord. 127-88 § 2, 1988; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.080].

2.04.075 Telephonic or other electronic participation.

A Council member may participate in a regular or special meeting, including any executive session thereof, by telephonic or other electronic means. [Ord. 02-2016 § 4, 2016; Ord. 02-2014 § 2, 2014].

2.04.080 Office of Mayor.

The Mayor shall preside at Council meetings, act as ceremonial head of the City, and, upon authorization by Council, sign documents on the City’s behalf. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.100].

2.04.090 Mayor – Additional duties.

The Mayor shall, in addition to the powers and duties conferred on his office by WMC 2.04.080:

A. Direct and supervise the business of the City to assure that all ordinances and resolutions are executed;

B. Sign the special assessment rolls;

C. Act as chairman of the board of appeals for matters of building regulation;

D. Act as chairman of the board of adjustment for matters of zoning regulation; and

E. Act as chairman of the board of equalization for matters of taxation and special assessments. [Ord. 101-88 § 2(C), 1988; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.110].

2.04.100 Mayor – Election and term.

The Mayor is elected by and from the Council at the organization meeting for a term of one year and until a successor is elected and has qualified. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.120].

2.04.110 Office of Vice-Mayor.

Should the office of Mayor become vacant, or if the existing Mayor is disabled or unable to act, the Vice-Mayor shall serve until the Mayor resumes his official duties, or until a new Mayor is qualified. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.130].

2.04.120 Vice-Mayor – Election and term.

The Vice-Mayor is elected by and from the Council at the organization meeting for a term of one year and until a successor is elected and has qualified. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.140].

2.04.130 Mayor and Vice-Mayor – Succession.

Should the offices of Mayor and Vice-Mayor become vacant, or should both the Mayor and Vice-Mayor be absent or unable to perform the duties of the office of Mayor, the order of interim succession shall be determined as follows:

A. The Council member with the longest total period of tenure in office shall assume the office of Mayor Pro Tempore.

B. Should more than one Council member have the same period of tenure in office, that Council member who received the largest plurality at the last election at which such Council members were elected shall assume the office of Mayor Pro Tempore. [Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.150].

2.04.140 Declared – When.

An elected City office may be declared vacant by the City Council when the person elected:

A. Fails to qualify and take office within 30 days after his election;

B. Is physically absent from the City for a 90-day period, unless excused by the Council;

C. Resigns and his resignation is accepted by the Council;

D. Is physically or mentally unable to perform the duties of his office;

E. Is removed from office;

F. Misses three regular meetings of the Council in a 12-month period, unless excused; or has absences in excess of those permitted by WMC 2.04.070; or

G. Is convicted of a felony or of an offense involving a violation of his oath of office. [Ord. 535-08 § 2, 2008; Ord. 432-01 § 3, 2001; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.070. Formerly 2.12.010].

2.04.150 Filling vacancies.

A. A vacancy in the Council shall be filled by a vote of its remaining members. The person selected to fill the vacancy shall serve until the next regular election and until a successor is elected and has qualified. The elected successor shall serve for the remainder of the term of the vacated office.

B. Not more than 30 days after a vacancy occurs, the remaining members shall meet in a regular or special meeting; each member shall cast a vote for a successor to serve as provided in this section. A majority of such votes shall decide the contest.

C. In the event of a tie vote between persons receiving the highest votes, or a failure of any person to receive a majority vote, the procedure provided in subsection (B) of this section shall be repeated once. In the event of a second tie vote between persons receiving the highest votes, the tie vote shall be broken by a single coin toss. [Ord. 535-08 § 2, 2008; Ord. 185-91 § 1, 1985; Ord. 8 § 2, 1985. Prior code § 2.10.090. Formerly 2.12.020].