Governed by the Mayor/Council form of government and Title 35.27 RCW, Cathlamet has an elected mayor and five nonpartisan council members each serving a 4-year term.
The Mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the town in charge of carrying out the policies set by the town council and of seeing that local laws are enforced. Pursuant to state statute, the mayor has the following duties and responsibilities: preside over all meetings of the council at which (s)he is present and call special meetings of the council; prepare a proposed budget; sign all warrants drawn on the treasury; sign and enforce all written contracts entered into by the town; sign all conveyances made by the town and all instruments which require the seal of the town; appoint a clerk and a marshal; report to the council on the financial and other affairs and needs of the town; perform ceremonial duties as head of the town; and approve or disapprove all official bonds and contractor’s bonds. The mayor may appoint a town attorney, a public works director, a civil engineer, police and such other appointive subordinate officers and employees as may be provided for by ordinance; may administer oaths and affirmations, and take affidavits and certify them; and may acknowledge the execution of all instruments executed by the town which require acknowledgment; and exercise all other authorities and perform all other duties and functions for mayors as provided by state statute.
The Town Council is the legislative authority of the town and has the power to enact laws and policies, consistent with state law, needed or desired to regulate local and municipal affairs within the jurisdiction of the town or its service areas. The council, comprised of five elected at-large council members, has the specific authority to: enact a town budget; define the powers, functions and duties of town officers and employees; fix the compensation of officers and employees; establish the working conditions of officers and employees; maintain retirement and pension systems; impose fines and penalties for the violation of city ordinances; enter into contracts; regulate the acquisition, sale, ownership and other disposition of real property; provide governmental, recreational, educational, cultural and social services; impose taxes and fees not otherwise prohibited by state law; cause the town to own and operate utilities; approve claims against the town; grant franchises for the use of public ways; and license, for the purpose of revenue and regulation, most any type of business. The council also is authorized to establish rules governing its own procedures, including for public meetings and hearings; and exercise all other authorities and perform all other duties and functions for councils as provided by state statute.
Regular Council meetings are held on the (1st) first and (3rd) third Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm, in the DeBriae Meeting Room of the Fire Hall located at 255 2nd Street in Cathlamet, WA and Via Zoom Meeting ID: 789 428 4989 & Password: 418781. If the meeting falls on a state holiday, the meeting shall take place the following day at the same time and place.
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