Role of the Mayor

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Role of the Mayor 

As the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, the Mayor is in charge of carrying out the policies set by the Council and seeing that local laws are enforced. The Mayor is ultimately in charge of the operations of the City, including the supervision of all appointed officials and employees. The Mayor is in charge of hiring and firing all appointed officers and employees, subject to civil laws, where applicable. Some appointments must be confirmed by the City Council.

In general, the Mayor also has the authority to:

  • enforce contracts
  • bring lawsuits, with Council approval
  • preside over Council meetings and, in some cases, exercises tie breaking authority with respect to Council votes and has veto authority over ordinances
  • call special meetings of the Council
  • prepare a proposed budget 
  • report to the Council on the financial and other affairs and needs of the City
  • perform as ceremonial head of the City
  • approve or disapprove of all official bonds and contractor bonds
The Mayor serves as the presiding officer at all meetings of the Council. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem acts in that capacity. If both the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are absent, the Councilmembers present elect one of their members to serve as presiding officer until the return of the Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem.

Mayor Pro Tem

The Mayor Pro Tem is elected to a two year term at the first regular Council meeting in January following a municipal election year. The Mayor conducts the election for the Mayor Pro Tem who is elected by a majority of the full Council. 

See Former Mayors for a list of former Tumwater mayors.