Colorado city councils

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City council is an elected body in the state of Colorado according to the state's constitution


Statutory cities usually have councils with five to eight members, which are composed of a mayor and two elected members from each ward. The statutory city may decide to reorganize and appoint a city manager to work with the city council. In this instance, the city council will have two members elected from each ward and one member elected at large. The mayor may be the at-large elected city council member or the city council may appoint a mayor. Statutory towns do not have a city council because they have a board of trustees.

Each council member must be a registered voter and must have resided in the ward in which he or she is a candidate for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election. If the boundaries of the ward in which the person resided were changed or annexed while they were living in it, that person may run for election as well.[1]

If a council member moves from or becomes a nonresident of the ward he or she was elected into, he or she must vacate the position of council member. If there is a vacancy because of death, resignation, removal or for any other reason, the spot will filled by appointment by a city council majority vote or by special election. A successor will be elected at the next regular election.[1]

Government roles

The city council members are judges of the election returns and qualifications of their own members and they determine the rules of their own proceedings. The city clerk keeps a record of the proceedings, in the way the city council determines, which shall be open to the inspection and examination of any citizen. The council members may compel members to come or penalize them if they do not come to meetings as they see fit. They will elect a temporary president from their own body in this case.

The city council appoints a city attorney when its members take office and appoints or provides for the appointment of other officers as statutes or ordinances require. They may also appoint other officers, including a city administrator, as may be necessary or desirable. One or more municipal judges will be appointed.[1]

Neither the city council nor any of its committees or members will direct or request a person's appointment of or removal from office by the city manager. The city council cannot, in any other manner, take part in the appointment or removal of officers and employees in the administrative service of the city.

The city council and its members deal with the city manager's administrative service only through the city manager and neither the city council nor any city council member can give orders to any subordinate of the city, either publicly or privately. Violating this is considered misconduct, punishable in the way other city council members determine.[1]

Denver and Broomfield

The only two consolidated governments in Colorado are Denver and Broomfield. Denver has an elected mayor and a city council of 13 members, with 11 members elected from council districts and two members elected at large. The city and county of Broomfield has an appointed city and county manager, an elected mayor, and a city council of 11 members composed of the mayor and two members elected from each of five wards.

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