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How Is City Council Set Up?


The Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held in November of odd years (2017, 2019, 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.