Current Form of Government Information
The Citizens of Edgewood held a Special Election on November 4, 2014, to "Reorganize the Plan of Government". The Plan of Government at that time was the council- manager form of government that has been in place since Edgewood incorporated and became a City in 1996. The Special Election results for Proposition 1- Abandonment and Reorganization of Plan of Government was approved by Edgewood voters 50.41% to 49.59%. Due to the passage of Proposition 1, the City now operates under the mayor-council form of government. On August 4, 2015 there was a General Election for the position of Mayor and Daryl Eidinger is now the elected Mayor of the City of Edgewood.
The Mayor-Council form consists of an elected Mayor who serves as the City's chief administrative officer, and a council (elected either at-large or from districts), which serves as the municipality's legislative body. The Council has the authority to formulate and adopt city policies and the Mayor is responsible for carrying them out. The mayor attends and presides over council meetings but does not vote, except in the case of a tie. The Mayor is the Executive authority in this form of government.
Mayoral Veto Authority
Mayoral veto authority is specified in the state laws relating to each city classification or is determined by local charter. The City of Edgewood is a non-charter code city therefore the Mayor may veto ordinances, but the Mayor's veto can be overridden by a majority plus one of the entire council membership.
Of Washington's 281 cities and towns, 227 (81%) operate under the mayor-council form, 53 (19%) have adopted the council-manager form, and 1 (less than 1%) operates under the commission form.
Elected Officials in the City of Edgewood
The Edgewood City Municipal Code provides for a Salary Commission. The Commissioners are appointed for "staggered terms" from the residents of the City. The Mayor and the City Council's compensation are reviewed annually by the Edgewood Salary Commission. Any adjustment by the Commission is given to the City Clerk, and is not subject to Mayor or Council review or approval. For the 2018's budget, the Salary Commission chose to make no changes to elected compensation.
Because the Mayor of Edgewood serves in lieu of a City Administrator, he is paid a higher wage than comparable Mayors who serve primarily as a policy director. He is in the office daily, works an average work week in excess of 40 hours, and while he does not receive retirement benefits he participates in the employee health benefit plan. His wage is compared to other Washington State Mayors who serve a similar Chief Administrator role, which again, is reviewed annually by the Salary Commission.
The City of Edgewood Council is paid a set amount per month. They meet every week and at least twice per year for a full day Strategic Planning and Annual Budget Retreat. They serve on various Regional boards, Community Planning and Advisory Boards, as well as a number of Ad Hoc and Standing Committees such as the Communications, Events, Economic Development, and Utility Tax.