City Council applications are available!

Update

This notice has been corrected to state the available City Council seats for this year’s election are:

Place 5, Place 3, and Place 4.  An error was made in naming Place 2.

The City of Princeton is growing and changing! We need you to be successful. There are 3 council seats available this year, Place 5, Place 3, and Place 4- which is currently vacant.  Those interested in learning more about running for a council seat can pick up candidate packets from City Secretary Tabatha Monk at City Hall, 123 W. Princeton Dr. starting today.

The deadline to file for a place on the ballot is August 20, 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS

City Councilmembers must be at least 18 years of age, have lived within the City limits for the past 6 months, and is a registered voter.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Special City Council meetings may be called from time to time.

COUNCIL-CITY MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The City of Princeton operates according to the Council-City Manager form of government which vests authority in an elected City Council.  The City Council is composed of five members elected at-large (the City is not divided into represented districts) on a nonpartisan basis to serve two-year terms.  The Mayor serves as the presiding officer at City Council meetings and as the official head of the City for legislative and ceremonial purposes. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at the pleasure of that body.

The City Council is the City’s legislative and policy-making body.  Acting as a whole, the City Council is responsible for passing ordinances and orders necessary for governing the City, as well as setting the direction of City policy.  The City Manager is responsible for the overall administration of the City.  This responsi­bility includes implementation of the general policies set by the City Council in addition to the day-to-day operations of all City functions.  The City Manager, with the help of the staff, provides the City Council with the information needed to ful­fill its policy-making role.

The Council-City Manager form of government separates legislative and executive responsibilities in a manner similar to state and federal governments.  This system provides “checks and balances” of both policy and administrative branches of government by limiting the power of each.