Mayor/Council Form of Government

mayor/council form of government

Mayor / Council Form of Government

Under this system the Mayor is the chief executive and the City Council is the legislative body. This system is modeled after the Federal Constitution structure of government.


Mayor is elected by Salt Lake City residents separately from the Council. The position is full-time and paid, with significant administrative and budgetary authority. Authority includes; proposal of the City budget, appointing City Department Directors and veto authority.

Council Members are elected to their part-time, paid positions by Salt Lake City residents. The Council maintains legislative powers. These powers include; approving the City budget, setting the Council agenda, introducing legislation, setting City policy, Mayoral veto override authority, and giving advice and consent on appointments made by the mayor to City boards and commissions. The Council also serves as the board of directors of the Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA).

The City is divided into seven Council districts of substantially equal population. Each Council Member represents a geographical district of Salt Lake City and are elected in nonpartisan elections to serve a four-year term. Each calendar year the Council elects a new chair and vice chair from among themselves. Council Members must meet the following qualifications prior to election; be at least 18 years old at the time of the next municipal election, be a registered voter, be a resident of their respective Council district for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election, and have no other compensated employment with Salt Lake City Corporation.

Current City Council Members and the districts they serve:
District 1 – James Rogers
District 2 – Andrew Johnston
District 3 – Chris Wharton
District 4 – Derek Kitchen
District 5 – Erin Mendenhall
District 6 – Charlie Luke
District 7 – Amy Fowler

Council staff is led by Executive Director Cindy Gust-Jenson and Deputy Director Jennifer Bruno. Staff members perform a variety of tasks including working with constituents, researching and analyzing issues pertinent to City policies, and public engagement.

The Council follows a Council Member policy manual. Read the manual here.