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Cleveland City Council, the legislative branch of the City of Cleveland, serves citizens by monitoring city departments, approving budgets, and enacting legislation to improve the quality of life in an effective and financially responsible way.
Council works to ensure every citizen has access to all city services and represents the interest of the public to other governmental organizations and community stakeholders.
Cleveland City Council is comprised of 17 members, elected every four years, who represent a ward of the city. Each ward consists of approximately 25,000 residents.
Council members serve two roles in their duties: to draft and enact legislation for the city of Cleveland and act as ombudsmen for their constituents.
Council meets as a whole at 7 p.m. on Mondays except during the summer recess and end of session break in December. Council committees typically meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All meetings are open to the public.
The first council election took place April 11, 1836 and their first meeting was four days later on April 15, 1836. On Monday, April 18, 1836 the first piece of legislation and rules were presented.
Today, Cleveland City Council continues to serve in the interest of the residents of Cleveland and works with the Mayor’s administration to improve the quality of life within the City of Cleveland.