The City of Mountlake Terrace is organized as a council-manager form of government. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body (the City Council), with the strong managerial experience of an appointed City Manager.
The Council-Manager form of government establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected Council and where the Council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. As noted above, the City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council. The City Manager implements the City Council's policies and oversees all City departments. For additional information regarding this form of government please visit the ICMA website.