Mayor

Keith Workman
2023

Council Position 4 & Mayor Pro Tem

Margaret Estrada
2023

Council Position 1

Chuck Stephens
2023

Council Position 5

Frances M. Ayres
2023

Council Position 2

Jesse Farias
2023

Council Position 6

Elizabeth Villa
2023

Council Position 3

Frank Jamie
2023

Council Position 7

Caroline Solis
2021

Duties

The City Council acts as the official legislative and policy-making body for the City adopting all laws, ordinances, and resolutions, levying taxes, and approving contracts required by the City. The Council analyzes proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs and determines the ability of the City to provide financing for City operations. The Council also reviews, modifies, and approves the annual budget. Additionally, the City Council performs other miscellaneous duties, including appointments to various boards and commissions, acts as a liaison with other governmental bodies, and responds to community groups and individual constituents.

Qualifications

A candidate for the city or town council must be a registered voter in the city limits for which they are filing. A candidate for a city council district must be a registered voter in the city limits and reside within that council district.

2.04.010 Meetings.

The city council shall hold regular council meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at the hour of seven p.m. in council chambers at City Hall or such other place that the council may establish. When a holiday falls on a Monday, the regular council meeting will be held on the following Tuesday. The city council shall hold work sessions when deemed necessary by either a council member, the council as a whole, or the mayor, prior to the regularly scheduled council meetings at a time determined appropriate by the council. Work sessions should generally be held before regular council meetings. (Ord. 1307 §1(A), 2015:  Ord. 1186 §1, 2008:  Ord. 1139 §2, 2006:  Ord. 1121 §1, 2004:  Ord. 961, 1993:  Ord. 934 §1, 1992:  Ord. 902 §1, 1990:  Ord. 892 §1, 1990; Ord. 860 §1, 1988; Ord. 411 §§1, 2, 1949)

2.04.020 Attendance.

Council members should appear at all meetings. If a council member is absent without excuse for three consecutive city council meetings, the city council may declare the seat vacant. Whether or not an absence is excused is solely determined by the mayor. The city council may adopt further policies and procedures regarding attendance at city council meetings. (Ord. 1307 §1(B), 2015)

2.04.025 Vacancies.

The city of Wapato adopts by reference RCW 35.23.101, and any amendments thereto, to determine whether a council position is vacant and the filling of vacant council positions. (Ord. 1307 §14(A), 2015)

2.04.030 Councilmember salary.

Repealed by Ord. 1182. (Ord. 1159 §1, 2007)

2.04.035 Council member compensation.

A. Council members shall be compensated at a rate of fifty dollars per meeting attended each month, the maximum amount to be no more than one hundred dollars per month. Meetings for the purpose of this section include regularly scheduled city council meetings, work session meetings, and/or committee meetings. However, work session meetings and/or committee meetings scheduled to coincide or meet prior to or after a city council meeting shall not be counted as an additional meeting if the city council meeting is also attended.

B. Council members shall submit, before the fifth day of each calendar month, an invoice outlining the meetings attended, as well as the time spent at that meeting. If a council member seeks to be compensated for a meeting not included above, he or she must explain in writing the meeting and why he or she should be compensated therefor. It will be in the sole discretion of the mayor to determine whether a council member should receive compensation for meetings not specifically provided for in this section. The mayor must approve in writing the compensation for meetings not specifically provided for herein. (Ord. 1307 §14(B), 2015:  Ord. 1294 §1, 2014)

2.04.040 Open public meetings.

All council meetings, committee meetings, commission meetings, or other meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act shall be held in conformance therewith. (Ord. 1307 §14(C), 2015)

2.04.050 Public records.

All council members, commissioners or appointed officials understand that all communications and documents, including electronic communications and documents, utilized or created in the course of their work for and with the city, are subject to the Public Records Act. (Ord. 1307 §14(D), 2015)