About the Office

goodGOVDuties of the Ogden City Council

The current City Council is comprised of seven members who represent municipal wards or districts. Four of them are elected to represent a specific municipal ward and three are elected at-large by all Ogden voters.

The terms are four years and are staggered, i.e., four are elected at one time while two years later the other three are elected at the same time as the Mayor. All municipal elections are held in the odd-numbered years and are non-partisan.

The following describes the powers and responsibilities of the City Council.

  • Adopts policy/ordinances
  • Adopts general plans. Approves zoning and rezoning of property; annexations and vacations; and intermodal agreements
  • Determines what services should be provided and at what level. Appropriates funds, i.e., adopts the budget, approves any amendments.
  • Prescribes general policy by ordinance as to how the executive branch performs its duties.
  • Provides advice and consent to specific employee appointments and commissions, boards and committees.
  • Conducts oversight – reviews City Administration and has power to investigate.

Patterned after both the State and United States governments, the Mayor-Council form of government has definite checks and balances. For example, the Mayor must receive majority confirmation from the Council for important appointments, such as choosing a department director or proposing a new member to most commissions, boards, and committees. The Mayor can, however, veto Council action. When the Council passes an ordinance, the Mayor can either agree or disagree and veto the action. If the Mayor agrees, the proposal becomes law upon publication. If the Mayor vetoes, the action must be explained to the Council within 15 days. If, after listening to the Mayor, the Council feels justified in its original action, it can override the Mayor’s veto with a two-thirds majority (five of seven members).