Under the Council/Manager form of government, the City Council’s role is to enact laws and set policies which are implemented by the City Manager and staff. Through these legislative actions, the Council adopts goals and strategies in accordance with their vision for the community. The goals are carried out under the direction of the City Manager who is appointed by the City Council to oversee the staff and daily operations.
The City Council is elected at-large and Councilmembers serve staggered four-year terms. There are no districts in Mountlake Terrace for City Council. All seven members represent the entire city. Elections occur in each odd-numbered year. In Washington State, elections are administered by the county. Contact Snohomish County Elections for information.
Regular meetings occur on the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (6100 219th Street SW, Suite 220). If the first or third Monday falls on a national holiday, the meeting is held on the following Tuesday night at the same time and place. City Council work/study sessions are held on the Thursday night preceding regular meetings beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
Former Mountlake Terrace Mayor and retired Seattle Police Officer Jerry Smith passed away on December 14, 2018. He served on the Mountlake Terrace City Council from 2002-2018 and was the city's longest-tenured Mayor from 2004-2018. Jerry served in the Seattle Police Department from 1968-1986.
Jerry and his wife Judi founded Tour de Terrace in 1993 bringing Seafair and a celebration of community to Mountlake Terrace. They believed Tour de Terrace would generate community spirit in recognition of the city's 40th anniversary of incorporation in 1994. Today Tour de Terrace includes a Seafair parade, live music, beer garden, carnival, street fair, 5K fun run/walk, pancake breakfast and classic car show.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the Smith family at Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.
Donations to the Jerry Smith Memorial Fund can be sent to Mountain Pacific Bank, 19705 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98036. The Smith family would like to put all funds toward a component of the Civic Campus Project still to be determined. Check back for more information.
The family has a Facebook page called "In Remembrance of Mayor Jerry Smith." Please stop by and visit with your favorite Jerry Smith memories!