The City Council is Kirkland’s governing body and is comprised of seven non-partisan members who are elected by the registered voters of Kirkland to serve “at large” (not representing a district or ward). Councilmembers are elected every two years to serve four-year terms. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected among the members to serve two-year terms.
Kirkland operates under the “council-manager” form of government which means all legislative and policy-making powers are vested in the City Council. Policy-making often takes the form of passing ordinances or resolutions. The Council employs a professionally-trained public administrator, the City Manager, to carry out the policies it develops.
In a “council-manager” form of government, the Mayor’s responsibilities are primarily to preside at council meetings, and act as head of the city for ceremonial purposes and for purposes of military law. The Mayor votes as a Councilmember and does not have any veto power. (RCW 35.18.190; RCW 35A.13.030 Optional Municipal Code cities.)
The City Council adopted a Vision Statement with supporting goals and objectives. In 2013, the City initiated a public involvement campaign called "Kirkland 2035: Your Voice. Your Vision. Your Future." to engage the community in updating the City's Comprehensive Plan, including the Vision Statement.
Among many of its duties, the City Council adopts a Biennial Budget, approves the Six Year Capital Improvement Program, and adopts ordinances and resolutions. The City Council conducts interviews of interested and eligible applicants and appoints them as members on several advisory boards and commissions.
The City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month with a Study Session followed by a Regular Meeting. To learn more about how to participate in City Council meetings, visit the “Meetings” page. Council meetings are broadcast live and on-demand from the City’s webpage. You can subscribe to receive City Council meeting agendas via email by visiting the "E-Bulletin" webpage. The City Council values its communications with constituents and has adopted Social Media Guidelines.