Currently, the City Council consists of a Mayor and four Council Members who are elected at-large. This means any eligible voter who lives in the City can run for office, and every voter may vote for the Mayor and all four of the City Council Member seats, regardless of where they live in the City. The Mayor serves a two-year term and Council Members each serve four-year terms of office.
Under the City’s form of government and municipal code, all five elected positions (4-Council Member and Mayor) possess the same voting power. While mayoral positions that are typically seen in larger cities such as Los Angeles or San Francisco have a greater oversight and veto power than the other electeds, that is not the case for La Verne. Instead, La Verne’s mayoral system is similar to hundreds of other cities throughout the State in which authority is shared amongst fellow council members, including the mayor, who collaborate to carry out policy direction.