Back Row (left to right): Council Member TJ Thomson, Council Member Ben Quintana, Council Pro Tem Lauren McLean, Council Member Scot Ludwig
Front Row (left to right): Council President Elaine Clegg, Mayor David H. Bieter, Council Member Maryanne Jordan
The City of Boise has a strong Mayor-Council form of government in which the Mayor acts as the city executive, overseeing day-to-day operations of the City, while the six-member City Council serves as the Legislative body with policy setting and budgetary authority.
Council members have many responsibilities. They act as liaisons to various City boards and commissions such as the Airport Commission, Library Board, and Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners. They also serve on the boards of such organizations as the Capitol City Development Corporation, Downtown Boise Association, Community and Regional Planning Association of Southwestern Idaho (COMPASS), and Valley Regional Transit. Council Members also represent the City by serving on many national organizations.
Council Members are elected at-large by popular vote of all of the residents of the City of Boise. While they are elected to a particular seat, those seats are not determined geographically. The offices of both Mayor and City Council are non-partisan and elections are held in odd-numbered years.
The offices of both the Mayor and the City Council are located on the third floor of Boise City Hall at 150 N. Capitol Boulevard.
Regular meetings of the City Council are held on the third floor of City Hall every Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. except on the fourth Tuesday of each month, when the meeting begins at noon. All City Council meetings are open to the public, except for the Executive Sessions which deal with personnel, litigation and other items specifically allowed by the Idaho Open Meetings Law. Information on the meeting schedules or agendas is available at the following link: http://cityclerk.cityofboise.org/city-council-meetings/.
While the meetings are open to the public, not all agenda items are subject to public testimony. If you would like to get in touch with a Council Member on an item that is not on the public hearing calendar, please feel free to reach out to them via email at the addresses below or by emailing them at email@example.com.
If you are interested in testifying on a public hearing item, a sign-up sheet is available before each meeting in the lobby outside of the Council Chambers. After everyone who has signed up to testify has done so, the Mayor and Council will accept comment from anyone present who was not able to sign-up before the meeting.