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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7793
Email: council@mercergov.. . .
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City Council

The City of Mercer Island operates under the Council/Manager form of government. In this form, the City Council of seven elected members hires a City Manager to act as Chief Executive of the City. The City Manager reports directly to the Council and carries out their policy directions. Council's vision statement and annual retreat outcomes provide a framework for city operations.

Councilmembers listen to their constituents, the Island residents, and also receive advice and help from the Council-appointed Boards and Commissions. The Council is vitally interested in hearing the voices of all the residents and in increasing citizen involvement. All Councilmembers serve at large for a standard term of four years; appointees filling vacated seats generally serve a shorter term. Every other January, the Council itself selects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among the seven councilmembers for a two-year period. 

Watch Council meetings here.


Council Position #4 Vacancy

Application forms are available for citizens interested in filling vacant Position #4 on the Mercer Island City Council.  Click here for the form and more information.

Mercer Island City Council


Mayor Debbie Bertlin

(206) 275-7995

Position #7

Deputy Mayor Salim Nice

(206) 275-7997

Position #2

Position #4 Vacant - Application



Position #4

Councilmember Bruce Bassett

(206) 275-7991

Position #5

Councilmember Wendy Weiker

(206) 275-7992

Position #3

​Councilmember David Wisenteiner

(206) 275-7996

Position #1

Councilmember Benson Wong

(206) 275-7993

Position #6


You can also email to reach all of the members of the City Council. 

2018-2019 City Council Goals

The goals listed below were developed after the Council’s 2018 Planning Session in January, where Council identified priorities and goals (“the what”) for the upcoming year and after the Leadership Team’s retreat, where staff prepared a draft work plan (“the how”) for the Council to review.

The 2018-2019 City Council Goals are:

Goal 1: Prepare for Light Rail and Improve On- and Off-Island Mobility
Goal 2: Maintain Quality of Life and Essential Services and Infrastructure by Addressing the City’s
            Financial Challenges
Goal 3: Deepen the City’s Commitment to Sustainability and Livability 
Goal 4: Preserve, Promote, and Enhance Mercer Island’s Focus on Arts and Culture 
Goal 5: Enhance City and Community Emergency Preparedness and Planning
Goal 6: Update Outdated City Codes, Policies, and Practices
Goal 7: Create Policies that Support an Accessible and Healthy Business Ecosystem 

Click here for more detailed information about the current City Council Goals and Work Plan.

City Council Meetings

Unless otherwise posted, Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040) on the first and third Tuesdays every month; Special Meetings and Study Sessions begin at 6:00 pm; Regular Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.

To view City Council meetings as they occur live or view footage of past meetings (from 2011 to present) go to the City Council Meetings - Agendas, Minutes & Videos page.  Also included are links to agendas, the documents for each agenda item, and minutes (if available).

Click here to view agendas and minutes from Council meetings prior to 2011.

Click here for definitions of commonly used terms on Council meeting agendas.

Click here for information about speaking at Council meetings (Appearances) and the Council Chambers Code of Conduct.

Click here to view the 2018 Council voting log (updated monthly).

Council meetings also air live on the Council Meeting YouTube Channel on MI-TV (Channel 21) and are typically rebroadcast at 10:00 am T/Th/Sa/Su and 7:00 pm M/W/F.


Open Government Trainings Act 

The Open Government Trainings Act enacted by the 2014 Legislature (ESB 5964, Laws of 2014, Ch. 66) requires training for some local government officials in the fundamentals of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), Public Records Act (PRA), and records retention requirements. Click here to view more information and links to training videos to fulfill this requirement.

City Council Condemns Hate Crimes and Advocates for Unity
Oct 29, 2018 - A statement from Mayor Debbie Bertlin and Deputy Mayor Salim Nice on behalf of the Mercer Island City Council... We are deeply saddened and horrified by the shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, 2018, an act of hate, intolerance and violence against the Jewish...  Read more... 
City Council Vacancy - Applications Available
Oct 8, 2018 - Mayor Debbie Bertlin announced that application forms are available for citizens interested in filling vacant Position #4 on the Mercer Island City Council.   In filling this vacancy, City Council is looking for an individual willing to commit a minimum of 18 to 20 hours per mon...  Read more... 
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Calendar Events
City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
City Council regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays every month at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers (9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040), unless otherwise posted (click here for agendas).   Special Meetings and Study Sessions usually begin at 6...  Read more... 
City Council Special Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018
Notice is hereby given that the City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 for a reception for retiring Representative Judy Clibborn from 5:30-7:00 pm and the Review of Legislative Priorities with the 41st Delegation from 7:00-8:00 pm. This meeting will be hel...  Read more... 
City Council Special Meeting
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Notice is hereby given that the City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018 for Candidate Interviews/Speeches for vacant Council Position #4.  This meeting will be held in the  City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA...  Read more... 
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