City Council members are elected to represent the entire community and are empowered by law to legislate citywide policy. This includes the authority to pass and enforce ordinances, establish public and administrative policies, create advisory boards and commissions, and mange the City's financial operations including preparing a budget, auditing expenditures, and transacting other City business as required by law.
The City Council consists of one mayor and four Council members. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and the councilmembers are elected for four-year terms. Local elections are held in November of even-numbered years.
City Council meetings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the St. Joseph Government Center. Council meetings are open to the public and are aired live on the local cable channel.