The City of Stillwater operates under a council-manager system. In this form of government, an elected City Council is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances and approving the City's budget. The Council appoints a city manager who implements the policies the Council adopts. Residents are encouraged to be active participants in local government.
The Council is comprised of five members who are elected at large. The public elects the mayor, who presides over the meetings; the Council elects one of its members to serve as vice mayor. The Council also sits as the trustees for the Stillwater Utilities Authority (SUA) and the Stillwater Economic Development Authority (SEDA).
Any person elected to the office of mayor or councilor is eligible to serve three terms, each lasting four years, for a total of no more than twelve years. View Article 6.1, Stillwater Code of Ordinances
At Council meetings, you are entitled to speak on agenda items. You are required to complete a Request to Speak form before the meeting begins. If you need to load files for viewing on the Council Hearing Room's computer, you must provide the files three working days before the meeting.