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Lakewood City Council

As the legislative arm of Lakewood City government, the chief function of City Council is the making of laws.

Lakewood operates under a City Charter that provides for a Mayor/Council form of government and designates City Council as the legislative branch of Lakewood’s city government. Seven council members (3 at-large and 1 for each of the city’s four wards) hold meetings in open public forums on the first and third Monday of every month (recess in August) at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall auditorium. Council members serve four-year staggered terms.

A Citizen’s Guide to Lakewood City Council, meeting dockets, minutes and referrals are available to the public by calling (216) 529-6055, visiting the Council offices at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, or by email.

Receive information about meeting dates and times 24 hours a day by calling the Lakewood Legislative Information Line at (216) 529-6055.




Your city council in action

  • Council members+-

    David W. Anderson

    – Vice-President of Council

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 789-6463

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 1:
    David W. Anderson was appointed as the Councilman for Ward 1 in March, 2011 and elected to a full term in November, 2011. He believes Lakewood is the greatest city in which he has ever enjoyed. Lakewood’s people, homes, services, libraries, shops, sidewalks, safety and recreation make this a great place to live and raise a family.

    Upon graduating from Kent State University in 1991, David went to Washington, D. C., to work for United States Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum until 1995. He returned to northeast Ohio later that year to work for a subsidiary of Diebold and has since accumulated 20 years of experience in Cleveland’s business, educational and non-profit communities. His eclectic blend of public, private and non-profit experience has led to a combination of communication, planning, leadership, budget management and business development skills.

    David is a long time Ward 1 business owner. Having bought his first home in Lakewood in 1998 he now owns three rental properties in the city. In addition to investing in the city, David has demonstrated civic leadership, service values and a passion to make a difference.

    He and his wife, Andrea, married in 2001 and now have four amazing children, Brianna, Reese, Luke and Benjamin.

    Sam O’Leary

    – President of Council

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 200-8002

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 2:

    Committee of the Whole, Chair

    Sam O’Leary is a lifetime resident of Lakewood and graduate of the Lakewood City Schools. Sam grew up on Clarence Avenue, but moved to Clifton Boulevard when he returned to Lakewood after studying public policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    From early involvement in numerous political and civic campaigns, to serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Tax Incentive Review Council, Sam has committed himself to knowing Lakewood, its residents, and the issues we face as a city. These experiences inform Sam’s vision of Lakewood as an historic and unique residential city complimented by vibrant commercial corridors that comprehensively serve the shopping, dining, and recreational needs of our citizens. To that end, Sam strives to develop and support partnerships between public, private, and non-profit stakeholders that turn eyesores into economic engines, while preserving our delicate balance of residential and commercial interests.

    Sam is an attorney at Matty, Henrikson & Greve, where he practices primarily in the area of public entity law.



    John Littenlitten

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 302-8333

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 3:

    John was elected as Ward 3’s representative on Lakewood City Council in November 2015. A 1997 graduate of St. Edward High School, John married Carrie Daw (LHS ’94) in 2002. They bought their first home on Wyandotte Ave. in 2003, and they now live on Chesterland Ave. with their three children Joshua, Brendan and Amelia.

    Previous to joining Lakewood City Council, John was a member of the Lakewood Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the board of Keep Lakewood Beautiful, President of Winterhurst Hockey Association, coach with the Lakewood Soccer Association, parish council at St. Luke Church and a member of the Lakewood Hospital Association. He continues as a block club captain and as a baseball coach in the Lakewood Recreation Department.

    Professionally, John began work as a summer camp counselor at Camp Christopher, where he would go on to be program coordinator (2001-2005) and Director (2005-2012). He wrote a book about the leadership lessons learned through the experience. From those roots, in 2012 John took a new challenge as executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – a community-based non-profit, devoted to person to person service to others, through things like emergency assistance with rent and utilities, clothing and food. They run some of the largest food pantries in Ohio and served over 260,000 individuals last year alone.

    John holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Ohio University and a M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

    John’s priorities are safety, sustainability and service. He has dedicated himself to having a block club on every street in ward 3 (email if interested in being a block club captain!), so that we can meet our dedicated safety forces half way with the engagement and involvement of our residents for a better, safer and even more beautiful Lakewood.


    Dan O’MalleyDanOMalley

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107


    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 4:

    Daniel J. O’Malley was elected to city council by the residents of Ward 4 in November 2015 and represents Lakewood’s east end. Ward 4 comprises some of Lakewood’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods, including Birdtown, Rockport, and the Gold Coast. Before joining City Council, Dan served on Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Commission and remains active in numerous civic and community organizations.

    Dan’s first act as a councilperson was to introduce Ordinance 1-16, which prohibits discrimination against LGBT workers and residents in education, housing, employment, and public accommodation. The ordinance is among the most comprehensive anti-discrimination laws in Ohio. Dan’s other legislative achievements include passing ordinances to increase transparency and accessibility within Lakewood city government, and to remove onerous regulations for small business owners.

    Dan’s priorities on council are to make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more vibrant while providing responsive service to Lakewood’s residents. He regularly holds town hall meetings throughout Ward 4. Dan serves as Chair of council’s Finance Committee, and is a member of the Housing Committee and Public Safety Committee, which he previously chaired.

    Dan has spent his career working in the labor movement, and currently serves as an official with the North Shore AFL-CIO. He is a graduate of John Carroll University.​  



    Thomas Bullockcc_Bullock13

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    216-395-7LWD (216-395-7593)

    Term Expires 12/31/2021

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    After six years serving as Ward 2 Councilperson, Tom Bullock now represents the entire city as an At-Large Member of Council. He works to keep Lakewood safe, clean, and family-friendly; develop and beautify our commercial areas, and make our community a model green, walking city. Among other accomplishments, Councilman Bullock has helped to:

    • increase neighborhood quality through stronger nuisance ordinances and improved housing inspection procedures;
    • increase recycling and expand farmers markets;
    • restore fiscal strength by helping pass budgets that spend less than the City takes in.

    Bullock consistently teams up with block clubs to improve safety and housing quality, and he actively helps residents resolve neighborhood problems. He invites anyone interested to contact him at (216) 337-1318 or

    Bullock chairs the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, and Lakewood Hospital’s Board of Trustees. He brings to Council more than nineteen years’ experience in community leadership and making government work for people, including service on Capitol Hill. He has a B.A. in government from American University in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in Classics from the University of London.


    Meghan F. George

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-6055

    Term Expires 12/31/21

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    Meghan George is a third generation Lakewood resident and Wyandotte Avenue home owner.  She grew up on Rosalie Avenue and attended St. Luke Elementary School and Lakewood High School. 

    After graduating from Lakewood High School, Meghan received a degree from Ohio State University where her major was focused on education. Following her graduation from Ohio State University she went on to pursue a teaching license and post-bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University.  She holds a secondary social studies teaching license. Professionally, Meghan has worked for both the private and public sector. She spent three years at Harding Middle School working in a para-professional capacity before moving into the private sector. Currently she is an Account Executive with a large insurance company where her focus is on healthcare. 

    On Council, Meghan’s priorities are to enhance public safety, city services and preserve the historic and cultural heritage of Lakewood. She is dedicated to serving the residents of Lakewood and to continue to make Lakewood the best place to raise a family.

    Tristan Rader

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    440-315-2852 (cell)

    Term Expires 12/31/21

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    Tristan W. Rader was elected in 2017 and began his term as Lakewood Council Member At-Large January 2018. Lakewood’s At-large Council members serve the needs of the entire city. Tristan is committed to both serving the needs of individual residents and providing direction for the city as a whole.

    From working with NGOs in Africa to working in inner-city Cleveland with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Tristan’s mission has always been to serve. And the best way to serve is to help people build their power. Tristan worked on Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign and co-founded the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus to help others find their voice, and work together towards a better future.

    Currently, he works at a consumer protection law firm on Cleveland’s east side. Tristan graduated from Lorain County Community College, Kent State, and Cleveland State, finishing with a Master of Public Administration. Tristan owns a home in downtown Lakewood where he lives with his wife, Caitlin.

    You are always welcome to get in touch with Tristan by phone, email, text or call.

  • City Council Ward Map+-

    Click here to see the city council ward map.

  • Council Committees+-

    Pursuant to Chapter 121.04 of the Codified Ordinances, appointments of Chairpersons and members to the Standing Committees of Lakewood City Council are as follows:

    Standing CommitteeChairMembers
    HousingDavid AndersonDan O'Malley, Tristan Rader
    Public SafetyTom BullockJohn Litten, Dan O'Malley
    FinanceDan O'MalleyTom Bullock, Meghan George
    Public WorksTristan RaderDavid Anderson, Tom Bullock
    Rules & OrdinancesMeghan GeorgeTristan Rader, John Litten
    Health & Human ServicesJohn LittenDavid Anderson, Meghan George



  • Council Videos+-

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  • City Council News+-

    NOVEMBER 13, 2018

    Lakewood City Council seeks applicants for Boards & Commissions

    Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers ready to engage with the community and advise their local government. The following opportunities are available:

    • Two vacancies on the Heritage Advisory Board
    • One vacancy on the Planning Commission
    • One vacancy on the Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals

    The Heritage Advisory Board meets monthly and advises the City and the community on matters related to historic preservation. A detailed description of the Heritage Advisory Board and its duties is located in Chapter 1337 of the Lakewood Codified Ordinances. Two four-year terms are available effective January 1, 2019.

    The Planning Commission makes official reports and recommendations on proposed changes to the City’s Zoning Code, oversees changes to the use or development of land, and holds public hearings on the same. A detailed description of the Planning Commission is located in Article VII of the Third Amended Charter of the City of Lakewood. One six-year term is available beginning January 1, 2019. Planning Commission members should possess related expertise in the above areas and be available for up to 5 hours of service per month.

    The Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals hears appeals from property owners whose properties have been designated as nuisances under Section 510.01 of the Codified Ordinances. The Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals meets infrequently as-needed and performs a necessary due process function for residents.
    Additional information about these boards and commissions, including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at:

    Applicants are asked to email or deliver a cover letter and résumé for consideration to the Clerk of Council. Positions will remain open until filled.

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    For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6054.

    Clerk of Council Maureen Bach

    Mail/Deliver: Maureen Bach
    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    NOVEMBER 13, 2018

    HELP WANTED: Council President Sam O’Leary seeks applicants for
    Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board

    Lakewood City Council President Sam O’Leary is seeking applicants for a two-year appointment to the Lakewood Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board effective January 1, 2019.

    The Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board is made up of 11 Lakewood residents who advise the City and the community on animal issues. Recently, the Board has performed outreach to the community on the new dog ordinance, organized a spay and neuter event, and provided support for the Spooky Pooch Parade.
    Applicants should be able to commit to one monthly meeting and additional sub-committee meetings and project work as-needed. This is an unpaid volunteer position.

    Additional information about the Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at:

    Applicants are asked to email a cover letter and résumé for consideration to Council President Sam O’Leary at

    For questions or more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6054 or


    NOVEMBER 16, 2017

    Lakewood City Council Seeks To Fill 2 Board Vacancies 

    Lakewood City Council is seeking a volunteer to fill a Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review vacancy.  The unexpired term ends December 31, 2019.  This Board considers architectural proposals for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the City’s Building Code, and reviews sign proposals.

    Council is also seeking a volunteer to fill a Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board vacancyThe term of this unexpired seat ends December 31, 2018.  The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board educates, informs and makes recommendations to City Officials and the community on matters related to historic preservation.

    Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be able to contribute the number of hours necessary to adequately contribute to the particular board’s mission.

    Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and/or résumé, to Lakewood City Council, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or email those materials to

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    For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.

    October 17, 2017

    Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
    Lakewood Promotes National Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Week

    Lakewood in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is naming October 16 to 20, 2017 as Say Something Week.

    Say Something teaches students in Middle School and High School how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to Say Something to a trusted adult to get them help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

    The weeklong series of events includes Say Something training at Harding and Garfield middle schools.  When it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident takes place. In fact, 80% of school shooters told someone of their violent plan prior to the event.  Additionally, 7 out of 10 people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication. Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?

    Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests and awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others.  The City of Lakewood and Sandy Hook Promise is asking schools, student clubs, parents and community leaders to visit to learn how to begin using Say Something in their schools, homes and community.

    September 20, 2017

    City Council is looking for residents to serve on Winterhurst Committee

    City Council is forming a citizens committee to evaluate the future of the Winterhurst Ice Rink Facility.

    If you are interested in volunteering on this committee call Lakewood Clerk of Council Mary Hagan at 216-529-6053 or submit an email to   Experience as a skater, hockey player, coach or involvement in ice rink related activities/general athletic facilities management is a plus.


    September 7, 2017

    Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review Vacancy

    Lakewood City Council is seeking a volunteer to fill a Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review vacancy.  The unexpired term ends December 31, 2019.  Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be able to contribute the number of hours necessary to adequately review plans coming before the Architectural Board of Review/Board of Building Standards.

    This Board considers architectural proposals for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the City’s Building Code, and reviews sign proposals.

    Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and/or résumé, to Lakewood City Council, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or email those materials to The submission deadline is 5 p.m. September 29, 2017.

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    For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.


    Mobile Stroke Unit to “Go Live” to Help Save Lives in Lakewood
    New City Council members tour unit after city finalizes contract 

    LAKEWOOD, October 17, 2016: During its Committee of the Whole meeting, Lakewood City Council members had an opportunity to tour the Cleveland Clinic’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit and discuss how Lakewood residents will benefit from new advances in stroke care.  Council President Sam O’Leary invited the unit to City Hall following the completion of the contractual agreement to bring the unit to Lakewood.

    Within the next several days, following the completion of protocols and training among Cleveland Clinic officials and Lakewood dispatchers and paramedics, the unit will help first responders save lives in Lakewood.

    The unit c rew showed Council members the technology available for on-site stroke diagnosis and treatment, including a mobile CT scanner and a mobile lab that allows the crew to do lab tests on board. If appropriate, the crew will be able to administer tPA – a medication that can break up blood clots and give patients a better chance at survival and living without disabilities often associated with a stroke. Upon receiving treatment, patients are transported to the most appropriate hospital.  Before arriving at Lakewood City Hall, the unit crew had just treated a stroke patient with tPA on board the unit as they transported him from his home in Euclid to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

    “Deployment of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit in Lakewood was negotiated as part of the master agreement between the city, Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Association, endorsed by City Council late last year,” says Council President O’Leary.  “Now that the city and Cleveland Clinic have come to contractual terms on the use of this precious resource, we are proud to say that this life-saving technology reinforces the city’s status as a local leader in stroke care.”

    “Stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, and treating stroke patients faster both saves lives and reduces disability,” said Andrew Russman, D.O., Medical Director of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit at Cleveland Clinic. “In the fight against stroke, the mobile stroke treatment unit is at the forefront of our emergency response capability. We have seen tremendous success for patients in the last two years with the mobile stroke treatment unit, and we look forward to bringing mobile stroke care to the doorsteps of the residents of the City of Lakewood.”   Since Cleveland Clinic began its Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit program two years ago, more than 2,500 patients have been serviced by the unit crew.  Of those, 91 have received tPA on site.

    “Last year when City Council announced our approval of the master agreement, we reassured Lakewood residents that the fully-staffed emergency department would be open 24/7/365 at the old hospital site until it transitioned to the new Cleveland Clinic family health center,” said O’Leary.  “We kept that promise.  And now we can say that the most advanced emergency stroke care can actually come to your home, so life-saving treatment can be started even before you get to an emergency department.”

    You can watch a video to better understand how the Mobile Stroke Unit works and who benefits most.

    mobile-stroke1 mobile-stroke2




  • The role of council+-

    As the legislative arm of Lakewood City government, the chief function of City Council is the making of laws. While serving as the city’s lawmaking body, Council also monitors the operation and performance of the city budget. In addition, Council members serve as their constituents’ links to their local government. When a constituent has a question or concern with city policy or services, they are encouraged to contact their ward Council representative, or any Council at Large member.

  • City Ordinances+-

    Click here to view the codified ordinances of the City of Lakewood

  • Legislation+-

    The legislative powers of the City, except as limited by the Charter, are vested in City Council. As the legislative body, Council makes and passes the laws governing the city. The legislative process comprises a number of steps, and includes committee action during which the most intense consideration is given to the proposed measures; this is also the time when citizens are given their opportunity to be heard. Each piece of legislation is referred to the committee that has jurisdiction over the area affected by the measure. Council members serve on at least two committees and all serve on the Committee of the Whole. Most committee meetings are held in the Court’s jury room or in the Council Chambers.

    Legislation is introduced in the following manner:

    1. Legislation is proposed by Council members, the Mayor or administration or by citizen initiative (petition). Under Article III, Section 8 of the City Charter, “each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in written or printed form and shall not contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly stated in the title,” with the exception of general appropriation ordinances.
    2. Proposed legislation is introduced to Council during a regularly scheduled public Council meeting and referred to the appropriate committee.
    3. A committee hearing is held, during which Council members consider the proposed legislation and public commentary.
    4. If necessary, the proposed legislation is amended.
    5. The committee votes on the legislation.
    6. If passed, the legislation is sent to full Council for discussion and a final vote.
    7. If passed, the legislation is sent to the Mayor.
    8. The Mayor signs the legislation.
    9. The proposed legislation becomes a local law.

    If the Mayor disapproves and vetoes it, the legislation comes back to Council with the Mayor’s written objections. Council can override the Mayor’s veto by a two-thirds vote. If the Mayor does not sign or veto the legislation within ten days after receiving it from Council, it is considered approved.

  • Budget+-

    Here’s the link to the city of Lakewood’s budget documents

    Under Article III, Section 14 of the City Charter:

    “On or before the fifteenth day of November in each year, the Mayor, Director of Public Works and Director of Finance shall prepare an estimate of the expense of conducting the affairs of the City for the following year; this estimate shall be compiled from detailed information obtained from the various departments.”

    This estimate itemizes the expense of conducting each department, comparisons with corresponding items of expenditures for the last two complete fiscal years, reasons for proposed increases or decreases compared with the current fiscal year, departmental schedules, payroll increases, anticipated revenue from taxes and other sources, debt interest and bond retirement funds, long-term financial obligations of the City and “such other information as may be required by Council.” Upon receipt of the estimate, Council initiates the budget approval process to monitor the operation and performance of the City’s budget, establish priorities and allocate resources for the year, and thereafter pass temporary or permanent appropriation ordinances.

  • Clerk of Council+-

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-6053

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    The Clerk of Council, appointed by City Council, maintains records of proceedings of City Council and records of ordinances and resolutions adopted by City Council. The Clerk’s office is the designated repository for all official documents of the City. As official parliamentarian of the City Council, the Clerk conducts council meeting and publishes the minutes to reflect all legislative action. The Clerk also provides notice of regular and special meetings of City Council, directs the activities and programs of the office, provides reference and research services regarding enacted or pending legislation and other Council documents and performs all duties outlined in the 2nd Amended Charter or as directed by City Council.

  • City Charter+-

    • Click here to view the current Charter of the City of Lakewood
  • Agendas & Minutes+-

    Click here for Council’s minutes and agendas.

  • Committee of the Whole Audio Recordings+-

  • Committee of the Whole schedule to discuss Lakewood Hospital+-

  • Recently Adopted Legislation+-

  • City Council FAQs+-

    Q:        When does Lakewood City Council meet? 

     A:        At seven-thirty (7:30) p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month, or, if such Monday falls on a Holiday, on the Tuesday following. Only Special Council Meetings or committee meetings are held in the month of August. All regular City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition, there are seven (7) standing committees of Council that meet at the discretion of the appointed chair.

    Q:        How long is a Council Member’s term? Are they full time? How much do they get paid? 

    A:        Each council member serves a four-year term. They work part-time. In 2014, Council voted to increase their salary from $7,000 to $13,000. This was the first increase in 32 years. This increase is phased in:  Four (4) Ward Council members began receiving the new salary in 2016.  Three (3) At-Large council members began receiving the new salary in 2018. Council members also have the option to receive full health care benefits through the city.