Chapter 2.08


2.08.010    Powers and duties generally.

2.08.020    Appointive power.

2.08.030    Oath, affidavit and signature powers.

2.08.040    Ordinance powers and duties.

2.08.050    Compensation of mayor.

2.08.010 Powers and duties generally.

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. The mayor may appoint a chief administrative officer, to be known as the city administrator, if so provided by ordinance. The mayor shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. All official bonds and bonds of contractors with the city shall be submitted to the mayor or such person as may be designated for approval or disapproval. The mayor shall see that all contracts and agreements made with the city or for its use and benefit are faithfully kept and performed, and to this end may cause any legal proceedings to be instituted and prosecuted in the name of the city, subject to approval by majority vote of the council. The mayor shall preside over all meetings of the city council, when present, but shall have a vote only in the case of a tie in the votes of the councilmembers. The mayor shall report to the council concerning the affairs of the city and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for council consideration and action. The mayor shall prepare and submit to the council a proposed budget, as required by Chapter 35A.33 RCW. The mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances passed by the council and submitted as provided by RCW 35A.12.130, but such veto may be overridden by the vote of a majority of all councilmembers plus one more vote. The mayor shall be the official and ceremonial head of the city and shall represent the city on ceremonial occasions, except that when illness or other duties prevent the mayor’s attendance at an official function and no mayor pro tempore has been appointed by the council, a member of the council or some other suitable person may be designated by the mayor to represent the city on such occasion. (See RCW 35A.12.100.)

(Ord. O96-030, Added, 10/15/1996)

2.08.020 Appointive power.

The mayor shall appoint, and at the mayor’s pleasure may remove, all city appointive officers, subject to the provisions of any applicable law, rule or regulations pertaining to civil service, state law or city ordinances.

(Ord. O96-030, Added, 10/15/1996)

2.08.030 Oath, affidavit and signature powers.

The mayor and the mayor pro tempore shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and certify them. The mayor, or the mayor pro tempore when acting as mayor, shall sign all conveyances made by the city and all instruments which require the city seal.

(Ord. O96-030, Added, 10/15/1996)

2.08.040 Ordinance powers and duties.

Every ordinance which passes the council, in order to become valid, must be presented to the mayor. If approved it shall be signed, but if not, it shall be returned with the mayor’s written objections to be entered at large upon the journal and proceed to a reconsideration thereof. If, upon reconsideration, five members of the council voting upon a call of yeas and nays favor its passage, the ordinance shall become valid notwithstanding the mayor’s veto. If the mayor fails for ten days to either approve or veto an ordinance, it shall become valid without approval.

(Ord. O96-030, Added, 10/15/1996)

2.08.050 Compensation of mayor.

A.    Commencing with the calendar year 2016, the compensation payable to the mayor shall be $1,560 per month reimbursement. For subsequent years, the following monthly salary is established:















B.    Commencing with the calendar year 2024, the compensation payable to the mayor shall be $1,830 per month reimbursement. For each calendar year subsequent to 2024 the monthly salary shall be an amount which results from adding the sum of $30.00 to the monthly salary applicable to the prior calendar year.

C.    Compensation shall be so determined and paid by the city without further action by the city council or mayor.

(Ord. O2019-002, Amended, 02/05/2019; Ord. O2013-009, Amended, 10/01/2013; Ord. O2009-012, Amended, 09/01/2009; Ord. O2007-013, Amended, 09/04/2007; Ord. O2005-026, Amended, 09/20/2005; Ord. O2003-023, Amended, 09/16/2003; Ord. O2001-019, Amended, 11/02/2001; Ord. O96-030, Added, 10/15/1996)