City Council

The Mayor shall be President of the Council, but shall not vote upon the passage of any bill, resolution or other matter coming before the Council, except in the case of a tie in the Council, when he/she shall cast the deciding vote. However, he/she shall have no such power to vote in cases when he/she is an interested party.

At the hour designated for Council meetings the President shall call the Council to order, and after calling the roll, if a quorum is present, he/she shall call for the correction and approval of the minutes of the last preceding meeting. He/She shall preserve order and decorum and decide all questions of order, subject, however, to an appeal to the Council.

No person shall be Mayor unless he/she be at least thirty (30) years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City of Washington at the time of and for two (2) years next preceding his/her election. The term of office for the Mayor is four (4) years. The annual salary of the Mayor shall be set by ordinance by the City Council. The current annual salary of the Mayor is $6,000.

For further information on the duties and responsibilities of the Mayor, see Chapters 110 and 115 of the Washington City Code.

The City Council consists of eight (8) members, two (2) from each Ward of the City. The two (2) Councilmembers from each ward are elected in alternate years with each serving for two (2) years.

Councilmembers are to be regular in attendance, be cognizant of the items under discussion, and shall vote on all questions unless excused by the Council or are directly interested in the question.

No person shall be a Councilmember unless he/she is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a citizen of the United States and an inhabitant of the City for one (1) year next preceding his election, and a resident of the Ward from which he/she is elected six (6) months next preceding his/her election. The term of office for Councilmember is two (2) years. The annual salary of a Councilmember shall be set by ordinance by the City Council. The current annual salary of a Councilmember is $6,000.

For further information on the duties and responsibilities of the Council, see Chapter 110 of the Washington City Code.

City Council

The duties of the City Attorney shall be:

  1. To prosecute all violations of the Washington City Code, or other City ordinances, and handle appeals in connection therewith.
  2. To make written recommendations and draft bills and ordinances in connection with the proper administration of justice as related to violations of the Washington City Code, or other City ordinances.
  3. If requested by the Mayor or City Administrator, to attend meetings of the City Council when the City Counselor is unavailable.
  4. If requested by the Mayor or City Administrator, to perform such other duties related to his/her position as may be required.

A person licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri shall be elected City Attorney by the Qualified voters of the City, and shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years, and until his/her successor is duly elected and qualified.

(NOTE: In the City of Washington, the City Attorney currently has also been appointed as City Counselor)