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.
Prudent Under-Spending Saves Tax Dollars
May 15, 2019 - The City was able to end the 2018 fiscal year $1.1 million in the black, when comparing budget to actual. On May 7 (watch meeting footage), the City Council reviewed the 2018 Year End Financial Status Report, including the reasons for the fund balance. The budget savings was gene... Read more...
City Council Funds School-Based Mental Health Counselors Through 2020
May 1, 2019 - At the April 30 Council Meeting, the City Council reviewed the history and structure of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Department and the current funding resources for the YFS Fund. Council directed staff to use one-time YFS Fund savings to restore the two elementary... Read more...
Lisa and Rino Caruccio Named 2018 Citizens of the Year
Apr 3, 2019 - The City Council began recognizing outstanding efforts of citizens in 1990 and has continued this tradition for more than 25 years.
Honorees are individuals or entities whose achievements may have gone unrecognized in some settings, but who have improved Island life through a ... Read more...
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City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 2019City 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...
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