City Council

Now Accepting Applicants for City Council Place 4

Following the resignation of Mayor Brian Johnson on Friday, July 2, 2021, the Council appointed then-Mayor Pro Tem Linda Rhodes to fill the vacancy in the Mayor's seat during a special meeting on Tuesday, July 13. This resulted in the vacancy of City Council Place 4. Mayor Rhodes and the Council are now accepting applications from qualified persons for consideration of appointment to Place 4. This application will close at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2021. The Council is expected to conduct interviews before making an appointment during their Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Regular Meeting.

Apply For Appointment to City Council Place 4

Appointments (or special elections) to fill vacancies on the City Council are at the sole discretion of the City Council. The Council is in no way obligated to appoint someone from the pool of applicants. If the Council does, indeed, act to appoint a qualified person to this seat, that Councilmember's term would expire in May of 2022. At that time, the place would then be filled via election by voters. Whoever might be appointed could then choose whether or not to apply for a place on the May 7, 2022 ballot.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Interim City Manager Leslie E. Galloway. Not all fields are required. However, applicants are encouraged to provide complete information. Council reserves the right to remove from consideration any incomplete application.

Please review all eligibility requirements and ensure that your schedule allows for you to attend regular meetings of the Council, which are currently held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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Name Place Term
Mayor Linda Rhodes (since 2021; Council 2018-2021) Mayor 2020–2022
Jan Joplin (since 2021) Place 1
Gary Mitchell (since 2020)
Place 2
Julie Jacobson (since 2021)
Place 3
Place 4
James Connor (since 2021)
Place 5

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Council Composition

The City Council consists of six members — a Mayor and five Council members who are elected at-large and serve two-year terms. There are no term limits. The Mayor presides at meetings and is recognized as the head of the city government. The Mayor has the right to vote only in the event of a tie but does have veto power. The City Council members elect one member as Mayor Pro Tem to preside over meetings in the Mayor's absence. The Mayor Pro Tem retains the right to vote. Current City Council members are listed above.

Council Responsibilities

All powers of the city are vested in the City Council. Council exercises these powers to ensure the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law and the city's own Home Rule Charter. The City Council's powers include but are not limited to:

  • Enacting municipal legislation
  • Appointing, electing, or removing persons appointed or elected by the Council
  • Establishing compensation rates for all city officers
  • Creating, changing, or abolishing offices and agencies created by the Charter
  • Assigning duties and powers to city officers, departments, and agencies
  • Establishing operating policy
  • Establishing the city boundaries