The following Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared should a Council seat become vacant. The information also includes insight of Council Member duties and time necessary for meetings.
Why would a City Council seat be vacated?
How does a Council Member vacate their position?
What are the requirements to apply for the vacated City Council seat?
- Must be registered to vote.
- Must reside in the Council district being vacated for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of the appointment.
- Under the Utah Constitution, certain individuals (mentally incompetent, convicted of a felony, convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise) may not hold office until the right to hold elective office is restored under Utah law.
- May not be employed by Salt Lake City if selected for the vacancy.
How does the City Council fill a vacancy?
- The City Council cannot meet to fill a vacancy until at least 14 days after the City advertises the position.
- Application forms will be available at the City Recorder’s Office and on the Recorder’s website.
- Application must be received within the application window stated on the application form. Sign up to be notified when the application window is identified.
- The Council interviews applicants during an open City Council meeting.
- The City Council selects, by majority vote, an applicant to fill the vacancy.
- The chosen applicant is sworn in by the City Recorder.
What happens at the end of the term?
If the appointed Council Member wishes to seek election at the end of the term, they must run in the next election cycle for the respective district, in accordance with campaign requirements.
How many Council staff members support the City Council?
What salary and benefits does a Council Member receive?
(effective January 13, 2019, Council Member salary amount is $35,925)
What are City Council Member roles?
The City Council serves as the guiding source for policy and budget and has the following legislative powers:
- Adopts the City budget.
- Enacts legislation by passing City ordinances (term interchangeably used with law and regulation).
- Sets guiding City policy.
- Considers budget or ordinance amendments needed for delivery of City services.
- Holds authority to override Mayoral veto.
- Provides advice and consent on appointments made by the Mayor to City boards and commissions and City Department Directors.
- Provides oversight of City functions.
The Council also serves as the Board of Directors for Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency, the Local Building Authority and jointly with the Mayor as the Board of Canvassers.
What is the time commitment associated with a Council Member’s responsibilities?
The budget process is generally the busiest time for a Council Member during the months of May and June. What does the budget process entail?
What is a Council Work Session meeting and a Council Formal meeting?
The City Recorder completes the application process with interested individuals prior to the Council’s review and interview process. For more information please visit the City Recorder’s website or call 801-535-7671.