Role of the Council

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Role of City Council

The City Council is the legislative branch of the City of Tumwater and establishes policy and direction for the City through the City Budget, Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Priorities, Capital Facility Plan, and other plans, resolutions, and ordinances. 

The general powers and duties of the Council are provided in RCW Chapter 35A.12 and include, in part:

  • organize and regulate Council activity
  • define the duties of City officials 
  • fix compensation and working conditions for City employees 
  • establish and maintain compensation systems
  • adopt and enforce ordinances 
  • acquire, sell, operate, maintain and vacate public ways and real estate 
  • provide for local social, cultural, recreational, educational, governmental, or corporate services including the operation of various utilities 
  • powers of eminent domain, taxation, and borrowing 
  • the granting of franchises and other duties

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Role of the Mayor

Role of the City Administrator

Council Rules & Procedures

Council Meetings

Advisory Boards