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.
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Mercer Island City Council
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Code of Ethics
Promoting high ethical standards and being accountable to those we serve, assures that our community can trust us. In 2018, the City Council adopted a Code of Ethics and Statement. These standards and guidelines apply to the City Council, appointed officials such as Planning Commissioners, and the City Manager.
2019-2020 City Council Priorities
The priorities listed below were developed after the Council’s 2019 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 2019-2020 City Council Goals are:
Priority 1: Implement a Fiscal Sustainability Plan
Priority 2: Prepare for Light Rail and Improve On- and Off-Island Mobility
Priority 3: Support the Leadership Team's Work Plan
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 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.
Serve Your City! Council Seeking Volunteers for Three Boards & Commissions!
Jan 10, 2020 - Help improve the livability of Mercer Island by getting more involved in your community. The City Council is seeking a diverse range of applicants to fill un-expired terms on the Open Space Conservancy Trust, Parks & Recreation Commission, and Planning Commiss... Read more...
New City Councilmembers Officially Sworn In
Jan 9, 2020 - At the first City Council Meeting of the year Tuesday night, the City's new Councilmembers were officially sworn in before a significant crowd of well-wishers! Due to uncommon circumstances, five out of seven seats were in contention last November.
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Farewell to Three Departing Councilmembers
Dec 12, 2019 - At its Tuesday, December 10 meeting, the City Council and attendees bade farewell to three departing Councilmembers who are collectively wrapping up a lengthy amount of public service...
Mayor Debbie Bertlin (Position 7) was elected to City Council in November ... Read more...
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