Who represents you?
How is the council set up?
The City of Arvada is divided into four Council districts. Residents of each district elect a council member who lives within the district and represents the concerns of that district. The Mayor and two other councilmembers are elected "at large," meaning that they represent the entire City of Arvada rather than a specific area or District.
City Council meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first four Mondays of each month at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road, in the Council Chambers. Generally, the first and third Mondays are regular business meeetings which are televised and available via live streaming on our website. The second and fourth Mondays are workshops, which are not televised but open to the public. We encourage citizens to verify if any changes have been made to the agendas by accessing the agenda online or calling the City Clerk's Office at 720-898-7550. Agendas are usually posted online by the Friday morning preceding the Monday meeting.
The Mayor and City Council members are elected to four year terms. Elections are held in odd years (2011, 2013, etc.). Council seats come up for election on an alternating basis with District #1, District #3, and one "at large seat" in one election cycle; and District #2, District #4, one "at large" seat, and the Mayor's seat in another election cycle.
Representatives elected to the Arvada City Council are limited to three (3) four-year terms for a specific seat. An individual elected to represent a specific district can serve in that capacity for three terms but then would have the option of running for an "at-large" seat and serving an additional three terms.
The qualifications to run for the Arvada City Council are specified in the City Charter. Section 4.3 states: Each Councilmember when nominated and elected shall be a registered elector of the City of Arvada, a citizen of the United States for at least one (1) year, and,
(a) In the case of Councilmembers elected from districts, shall have resided in the City for one (1) year and the respective district for one (1) year immediately preceding such election, and
(b) In the case of Councilmembers elected at large, shall have resided in the City for one (1) year immediately preceding such election.
In the case of an annexation, any person who has resided within the territory annexed for the prescribed time shall be deemed to have met the residence requirements for the municipality, district and precinct to which the territory was annexed.
In the case of any revision, alteration, or change in district boundaries as a result of the federal enumeration of population as required by Section 4.1.1 of this Charter, any person who is otherwise qualified and is excluded from his or her district as a result of any such district boundary change shall be deemed to have met the one (1)-year residency requirement for purposes of qualifying for nomination and election as required in subsection (a) above.
No Councilmember, including the Mayor, shall be a salaried employee of the City nor any other municipality during his/her term of office. No former Councilmember, including the Mayor, shall hold any compensated appointed office of employment with the City until one (1) year after expiration of the term for which the member was elected to City Council. No individual shall be eligible to hold the office of City Councilmember, or Mayor, who has been convicted of a felony in any court of the United States within ten (10) years of the date of assuming the office of City Councilmember. The City Council shall be the judge of the election and qualifications of its own members.
Councilmembers earn $1,150 per month. The mayor pro tem receives an additional $100 per month. The mayor receives $1,500 per month.
For more information on running for council, visit the MuniCode.com site.