The City Council is composed of 9 members who hold office for a term of 2 years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Councilors are elected by the registered voters of the city. Two Councilors are elected at large, and one Councilor is elected from each of the seven wards. All candidates must be residents of the city and reside in the ward that they wish to represent.
Councilors are sworn in to the faithful performance of their duties by the City Clerk at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in December following a biennial election.