The City Council is composed of five Council Members, all of whom are directly elected by the people. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are appointed annually by the Council, and the Council Members serve four-year staggered terms. Although not granted special decision-making powers, the Mayor does represent the City in all ceremonial and official affairs. The City’s Municipal elections are held the first Tuesday of November in each even-numbered year. The Council meets regularly twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the City Council is to establish local laws, to set policy, to reject or to approve programs, to allocate funds and provide direction, through the City Manager, to City staff to implement its policy. The Council can also appoint members to various local and regional committees, commissions, and other boards.
As Scotts Valley is a General Law City, its Council must act within the framework of limitations and procedures established by State Law. Local laws are established by ordinance and are compiled in a book called the Municipal Code. These laws are enforceable by the City, and violations thereof constitute an infraction. Other directives and policies of the City Council are recorded in Council resolutions and Council minutes.
Regular Meetings are broadcast live on Community Television Cable Channel 25.