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.
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...
Prospective Council Candidates Workshop
Mar 27, 2019 - Are you thinking about running for the Mercer Island City Council? Do you have questions about the position and all it entails? Come and join City staff on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center to learn about... Read more...
Serve Your City! Council Seeking Volunteers for Boards & Commissions
March 26, 2019 - Help improve the livability of Mercer Island by getting more involved in your community. The City Council is seeking a diverse range of community members to serve on several volunteer advisory boards.
Appointments to boards and commissions are made by the Mayor and Dep... Read more...
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Prospective Council Candidates Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 2019Are you thinking about running for the Mercer Island City Council? Do you have questions about the position and all it entails? Come and join City staff on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center to learn about what the job entails and the u... Read more...
City Council Special (Joint) Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 2019CITY OF MERCER ISLAND
NOTICE OF SPECIAL (JOINT) MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold a Special Joint Meeting with the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm. The meeting will take place in the City Hal... Read more...
City Council Special Meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2019CITY OF MERCER ISLAND
REVISED NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm with an Executive Session. Study Session starts at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the City Hall Coun... Read more...
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