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A. The Mayor shall be the chief executive of the City, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads, officers, and employees, and to enter into employment contracts with such individuals, and to appoint and remove members of various City boards and commissions, subject to the provisions of any applicable state law, ordinance or regulation, subject to confirmation by the Council where required, in the case of any members of boards and commissions.

B. The Mayor or their designee shall have all authority and decision making power for administrative matters, including, but not limited to, contracts, resolutions, personnel policies or emergency management plans. The City Council shall retain such authority as established by applicable state law, ordinance or regulation.

C. The Mayor shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the City, and shall have general supervision of the administration of City government and all City interests.

D. All official bonds and bonds of contractors with the City shall be submitted to the Mayor or such person as they may designate for approval or disapproval. They shall see that all contracts and agreements made with the City or for its use and benefit are faithfully kept and performed, and to this end they may cause any legal proceedings to be instituted and prosecuted in the name of the City, subject to approval by majority vote of all members of the Council.

E. The Mayor shall preside over all meetings of the City Council, when present, but shall have a vote only in the case of a tie in the votes of the Council members and only with respect to matters other than the passage of any ordinance, grant or revocation of franchise or license, or any resolution for the payment of money.

F. The Mayor shall report to the Council concerning the affairs of the City and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for Council consideration and action.

G. The Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council a proposed budget, as required by Chapter 35A.33 RCW, and keep the Council fully advised of the financial condition of the City and its future needs.

H. The Mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances passed by the Council and submitted to the Mayor as provided in RCW 35A.12.130, but such veto may be overridden by the vote of a majority of all Council members plus one (1) more vote.

I. The Mayor shall be the official and ceremonial head of the City, and shall represent the City on ceremonial occasions, except that when illness or other duties prevent the Mayor’s attendance at an official function and no Mayor pro tem has been appointed by the Council, a member of the Council or some other suitable person may be designated by the Mayor to represent the City on such occasion. (Ord. 2448, 2022)