Benton City is a Non-Charter Code City, with a Strong Mayor-Council form of government with five council members and a mayor elected to four-year staggered terms. Positions are nonpartisan, elected by all voters at general elections.
Executive: The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. State law gives the Mayor the authority and responsibility to manage the City on a day-to-day basis. He has the responsibility to hire and fire City employees, but is restricted by the Councils’ budget. The Mayor serves as the "presiding officer" of the City Council meetings, and sets the meeting agenda on issues requiring Council action, but votes only to break a tie on certain issues.
The City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. All council meetings and workshops, except for executive sessions, are open to the public, and public comments may be received (See Agenda and Rules). The council agenda deadline is the Wednesday previous to a council meeting.
CITY HALL INFORMATION:
City Clerk-Treasurer- Stephanie Haug
The City Clerk-Treasurer is the public records and financial audit officer for the City. The City Clerk-Treasurer maintains all official records of the City, deals with land issues brought to the City, prepares the City Council Agendas and Minutes, financial records of the City, and the Annual Budget.
General Clerk 1- Paula Kauer
The General Clerk 1 serves as the utility billing clerk, the City's purchasing agent, receptionist, and handles business licenses and dog licensing.
General Clerk 2- Diana Washburn
The General Clerk 2 prepares accounts payables, serves as an additional utility billing clerk, receptionist, and handles city archives.
Code-Enforcement Officer- John Brown Jr.
The Code-Enforcement Officer enforces all codes and animal control.
Water Delivery and Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor - Ronnie Shumate
Maintenance Foreman- Kyle Kurth
Maintenance Worker- Krista Harmon
Maintenance Worker - N. Wade Oscarson
Maintenance Worker - Kevin Waln
Building Inspection - Contracted - Available by contacting City Hall
City Engineer - Contracted -Available by contacting City Hall
City Attorney - Contracted - Available by contacting City Hall
Hearing Examiner - meets the second Tuesday each month to review violations, etc., in the City Council Chamber. The Code Enforcement Officer cites for appearances. Fifteen days advance notice is required.
Planning Commission is an advisory board to the City Council on comprehensive planning and zoning regulations of the City, meeting as needed.
The Planning Commission consists of five members serving five-year staggered terms. Members are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the City Council and are selected without respect to political affiliations and serve without compensation. Each member must be a registered voter and a resident of the City at least six (6) months preceding the appointment.
The Sheriff provides law enforcement services to Benton County and to Benton City.