Mayor & Council

Valley Center is governed by a Mayor and an eight-member City Council, which when combined comprise the Governing Body. Council members are elected by wards, with the Mayor elected at-large, all on a non-partisan ballot. Council members are elected to staggered four-year terms. City Council elections are held every two years, with the next election to be held in November 2017, when four City Council positions will be on the ballot.

Valley Center's Form of Government

Valley Center operates under a City Administrator, Mayor, City Council form of government. Under this form of government, the Mayor:
  • Presides over meetings of the City Council
  • Has an original vote on charter ordinances
  • May cast tie breaking votes
  • May cast the "5th Vote" on Ordinances (Ordinances require approval of a majority of the "members-elect" regardless of the number present)
  • May veto ordinances
  • Appoints, with City Council consent, volunteer citizen board members
  • Serves as the official spokesperson for the City