City Council

City Council Elections

All but two positions on the Snohomish City Council are up for election this year. Voters will also be electing a mayor. Candidates must file for office May 15-19.

A candidate must be a registered voter of the city at the time of filing, and a resident of the city at least one year preceding election. The filing fee is $61.56 for City Council and $87 for mayor.

Most candidates must file with the state Public Disclosure Commission within two weeks of a formal declaration of candidacy.

The Snohomish County Auditor has gathered a number of other resources for people planning to run for office in 2017.

 Council Meetings

  • 7 p.m. first and third Tuesday of each month
  • George Gilbertson Boardroom
    Snohomish School District Resource Center
    1601 Avenue D
    Snohomish, WA 98290
All meetings are open to the public. The City Council Chambers are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specialized accommodations, please provide 5 days advanced notice by contacting the City Clerk's Office at 360-568-3115.

Public Comment

Public comments are welcome at all City Council meetings. Meetings begin with a public comment period where citizens can speak on any city-related topic. Citizens may also comment on specific agenda items during the meeting.

Your comments should generally be limited to 3 minutes in length.

Public hearings offer particular opportunities for citizens to comment on important issues such as new ordinances, city budget, comprehensive plan amendments or adoption, and interlocal agreements.

Council Workshops, which precede council meetings, are for council information and discussion only. No citizens comments are accepted.

Council Agenda

View current and past council agendas for details on meeting topics and schedule..

Council Members

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The City Council is made up of the following community members:

Function of the Council

The seven-member City Council is responsible for the legislative function of and the overall vision for the City. The Council adopts ordinances and resolutions, sets policies, approves contracts and budgets, and appoints individuals to boards and commissions.

The mayor is a member of the council and is selected by the city council. The mayor presides at council meetings and is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes, but has no regular administrative duties.

City Council members are elected to four-year terms and serve part-time and do not maintain office hours at City Hall.
The city manager, Larry Bauman, is appointed by the Council to implement its policies and administer the day-to-day business of the city.

Council Values Statement

Respect: The City Council believes that honesty, integrity, cooperation and civility are essential in maintaining respect for citizens and for the members of the City Council.

Community: The City Council honors its role in serving the community through a commitment to diversity, volunteerism and compassion.

Responsible Stewardship: The City Council embraces its responsibility for stewardship through respect for the natural environment, maintenance of an intact and small-town identity and growth that supports our historic character. It also believes that financial accountability and geographically balanced support and respect for all areas of the community are essential to creating a positive environment for families through City programs and facilities.

Excellence in Leadership: The City Council endeavors to excel in leadership through accountability, effectiveness and efficiency, honesty and veracity, and fairness and equity. In working for the greater good of the community, it values listening before making decisions, responding to and respecting diverse opinions and being constantly aware of changes in the community that may require the City's attention.

Regional Perspective: The City Council advocates within the region for the interests of our community through collaboration with all viable partners that can assist us in supporting the community's needs.

Respect for the Decision-Making Process: The City Council seeks in its operations as a local government legislative body to work in a spirit of cooperation and toleration of diverse opinions to make the best possible decisions on behalf of the community.

Open and Transparent: The City Council strives to engage the community through transparent processes. collaboration with citizens and public participation in its meetings.

Snohomish City Council Annual Goals
Program and Project Priorities for 2017

(Parenthetical references following each goal relate to Strategic Plan Initiatives)

  • Develop a sustainable, five-year financial plan that balances projected revenues and expenditures (Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Analyze sustainable budget strategies to support parks operations (Related to initiative 1)
  • Attract more living wage jobs for the community and increase tax revenues through continued economic development. (Related to Initiatives 6 & 7)
  • Collaborate with agencies in the region for development of rails and trails that serve Snohomish. (Related to Initiatives 1 & 4)
  • Create a plan for redevelopment and new uses of the Hal Moe Pool property. (Related to Initiatives 1, 7 and 8)
  • Implement approved enhancements to the City’s open government, public communication and civic engagement programs.(Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Establish an ongoing invitation to community organizations, City boards and City commissions to present their annual goals to the City Council meetings to enhance collaboration and coordination. (Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Expand land uses that encourage and support ongoing economic development initiatives in the community. (Related to Initiatives 6 and 7)
  • Partner with organizations to develop affordable housing projects, including senior affordable housing. (Related to Initiative 8)