Chapter 1.06
FORM OF GOVERNMENT – CITY OFFICES

Sections:

1.06.010    References to “city commission” changed.

1.06.020    Mayor pro tempore.

1.06.030    Salaries – Councilmembers (effective through January 1, 2022).

1.06.030    Salaries – Councilmembers (effective January 1, 2022).

1.06.040    Salaries – Mayor.

1.06.050    Terms of office – Mayor – Councilmen.

1.06.060    Appointive offices.

1.06.070    Selection of board or commission members.

1.06.100    Department of parks, recreation and cultural services.

1.06.010 References to “city commission” changed.

(1) All references to the city of Wenatchee legislative body, known as the “city commission” and/or “commission,” relating to its legislative authority, in ordinances, resolutions and other legislative actions enacted before the date the mayor-council form of government goes into effect shall be amended to “city council” as if said phrase were used in the original legislative action.

(2) All references in any ordinance, resolution or other legislative action to the city of Wenatchee legislative body, known as the “city commission,” wherein it discusses the number of votes necessary for the city commission to take any legislative action, that number of votes is hereby amended to reflect a majority of the Wenatchee city council.

(3) All references in any ordinance, resolution or other legislative action to the city commission or group of commissioners and/or the public works commissioner, finance commissioner and/or public safety commissioner relating to their executive and/or administrative authority shall be amended to “mayor” as if said term were used in the original legislative action. (Ord. 99-27 §§ 1 – 3)

1.06.020 Mayor pro tempore.

(1) There is established the office of mayor pro tempore to serve in the absence or temporary disability of the mayor.

(2) The city council, at the first regularly scheduled meeting in January of each year, by majority vote, shall select among their members a councilman to act as mayor pro tempore for the ensuing year.

(3) The appointment of a councilman as mayor pro tempore shall not in any way abridge his right to vote upon all questions coming before the council. The councilman acting as mayor pro tempore will not have the power to appoint or remove any officer or to veto an ordinance. (Ord. 99-44 §§ 1 – 3)

1.06.030 Salaries – Councilmembers (effective through January 1, 2022).

(1) The salary for each person holding council positions 3, 5, 6, and 7 shall be $665.00 per month effective January 1, 2008. In addition, each person holding these council positions will have the option to be included in an Internal Revenue Code Section 457 deferred compensation program with a city match of up to two percent of base salary.

(2) The salary for each person holding council positions 1, 2 and 4 shall be $665.00 per month effective January 1, 2010. Each person holding these council positions will have the option to be included in an Internal Revenue Code Section 457 deferred compensation program with a city match of up to two percent of base salary. (Ord. 2011-22 § 1; Ord. 2007-38 §§ 1, 2, 3)

1.06.030 Salaries – Councilmembers (effective January 1, 2022).

The salary for each person holding council districts 1 through 5 and At-Large “A” and At-Large “B” shall be $1,000 per month effective January 1, 2022. In addition, each person holding these council positions will have the option to be included in an Internal Revenue Code Section 457 deferred compensation program with a city match of up to two percent of base salary. (Ord. 2019-03 § 1; Ord. 2011-22 § 1; Ord. 2007-38 §§ 1, 2, 3)

1.06.040 Salaries – Mayor.

The salary for the person holding the office of mayor shall be $8,500 per month effective January 1, 2019. On January 1st of each year hereafter, the mayor’s salary shall increase equal to the percentage increase paid to nonrepresented city employees. In no event shall the mayor’s salary decrease.

In addition to the monthly salary, the mayor will participate in all benefit programs afforded to regular full-time city employees. These benefits consist of:

(1) Membership in the Public Employee Retirement System.

(2) Health insurance for the mayor and family.

(3) Life insurance for the mayor.

(4) City match of up to two percent of base salary applied to an Internal Revenue Code Section 457 deferred compensation program.

(5) Participation in the Internal Revenue Code Section 125 flexible spending program. (Ord. 2019-01 § 1; Ord. 2007-38 § 4)

1.06.050 Terms of office – Mayor – Councilmen.

(1) The position of mayor and council position nos. 3, 5, 6 and 7 shall be for four years beginning on January 1, 2000.

(2) Council position nos. 1, 2 and 4 shall be for two years beginning January 1, 2000.

(3) All persons elected as a councilmember or mayor after the general election of November 1999 shall be elected to four-year terms of office. (Ord. 99-45 §§ 1 – 3)

1.06.060 Appointive offices.

(1) The following appointive offices and positions are established in the city:

(a) City administrator;

(b) City clerk;

(c) City attorney;

(d) Finance director/city treasurer;

(e) Police chief;

(f) Fire chief;

(g) Director of public works;

(h) Director of community development;

(i) Director of human resources;

(j) Director of parks and recreation;

(k) Museum director.

(2) The mayor shall have the power of appointment and removal of all persons filling the offices identified in subsection (1) of this section subject to any contract, rule or regulation relating to civil service or other law, rule or regulation relating to the appointment and/or removal of such persons.

(3) All appointments shall be made on the basis of ability and training or experience of the appointee and the duties they are to perform from among persons having proper qualification. Appointive offices shall be without definite term unless a term is established for such office by state law, city ordinance or by contract.

(4) All appointments to the offices and positions set out in subsection (1) of this section are subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the city council. (Ord. 99-41 §§ 1 – 4)

1.06.070 Selection of board or commission members.

(1) Each authorized board or commission shall recommend to the city council one person to fill any vacancy on the board or commission, whether the vacancy is created by the expiration of the term of office, or by the prior board or commission member leaving office prior to the expiration of his or her term.

(2) After the board or commission has made its recommendation, the city council, at its discretion, may:

(a) Interview the recommended appointee or any of the other candidates for the position;

(b) Approve the recommendation of the board or commission;

(c) Deny the recommendation of the board or commission; and/or

(d) Bypass the recommendation of the board or commission and appoint another applicant. (Ord. 2010-23 § 1)

1.06.100 Department of parks, recreation and cultural services.

There is established a department of parks, recreation and cultural services of the city of Wenatchee to be headed by a director of parks, recreation and cultural services, who shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the city council of the city of Wenatchee. The director shall be responsible for the administration of the department and accomplishing the goals and objectives contained in the parks, recreation and open space comprehensive plan including, but not limited to, (1) the acquisition, planning, and development of the city’s park system, (2) cultural arts projects, programs and services, (3) the development and coordination of recreational programs, and (4) other related matters. (Ord. 2015-17 § 1)