| State Statutes provide for two forms of municipal government within the State of Idaho, the Council-Mayor form and the Council-Manager form. This City of Moscow has the Council-Mayor form of government within which there are six Council members and a Mayor which are elected separately and serve a four year term. There
are six Council members, all elected at large. Council member elections are held every two years.
Terms are staggered so that three of the six seats are open
at each election. The next election will be conducted November
The Council serves as the legislative and judicial arm of the City government and enacts ordinances (local laws), passes resolutions (statements of policy), confirms the Mayor's appointments of City officials and citizen advisory commission members, approves the City's annual budget, and serves as the quasi-judicial hearing body for public hearings and appeals of other City Boards and Commissions. Regular
meetings of the Council are held in the Council Chambers
on the second floor of City Hall, located at 206 East Third
Street. Meetings are usually scheduled for the first and
third Monday of each month, except when those days coincide
with a legal holiday. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.
Council elects a President from among its members at its
first meeting in January every year. The Council President
serves as Mayor in his/her absence and has such other duties
and responsibilities as the Council may from time to time
by vote or by resolution.
Council also elects a Vice President at the first January
meeting each year. The Council Vice President serves as
Mayor when the Mayor and the Council President are both
either absent from the City or are incapacitated, and as
Council President when the President is absent from the
City or incapacitated. The Council Vice President also has
such other duties and responsibilities as the Council may
from time to time direct by vote or by resolution.