At its January 7, 2014 meeting, the Kirkland City Council selected Amy Walen (Position No. 5) to serve as Mayor and Penny Sweet (Position No. 3) to serve as Deputy Mayor. Newly elected Council Member Jay Arnold (Position No. 1) joined incumbent members Shelley Kloba (Position No. 2), Penny Sweet (Position No. 3), Amy Walen (Position No. 5) and Doreen Marchione (Position No. 7) in receiving their Oath of Office administered by Kathi Anderson, City Clerk. Mayor Walen and Deputy Mayor Sweet began their first term on the City Council in January 2010.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected by the City Council from among its members. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings and represents the City at various ceremonial functions and at community and intergovernmental meetings. The Deputy Mayor presides over meetings during the absence of the Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected every two years at the first meeting of the new year and serve two-year terms.
The City of Kirkland has a Council-Manager form of government. The voters elect seven at-large part-time City Council Members. The Council chooses a City Manager to oversee the operations of the City. The City Council derives its powers from the laws and Constitution of the State of Washington. All seven City Council positions are elected for terms of four years. Members receive a monthly salary as established by the Salary Commission.
Kirkland City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue, in the Council Chambers. A study session is held at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Public comment opportunities are available at the beginning of the regular meeting and at the end if the meeting reaches that point before 10 p.m.
City Council meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 31 and Frontier Channel 31 and can be streamed live or downloaded from Kirkland On-Demand atwww.kirklandwa.gov. [01.07.14]