City of Seattle Form of Government

Seattle has a Mayor/Council form of government. The mayor and 9 city council members are independently elected. The City Attorney and Municipal Judges are  also independently elected.  Up until the 2013 election, all 9 city council members were elected at large. With the passage of Charter Amendment 19 in the November 2013 vote, that will change beginning with the 2015 election.

District Elections

With the passage of Charter Amendment 19, after the November 2015 elections, 7 City Council Members will be elected by districts and 2 members will be elected at large.

Office of the Mayor

The Mayor is the Chief Executive of the city. All departments except the  City Council, City Attorney, and Municipal Court come under the Mayor's office.

City Departments

Animal Shelter

City Auditor

City Clerk

Civil Rights

Community Police Commission

Customer Service Bureau


Human Services

Intergovernmental Relations

Office of Arts & Culture

Office of Cable Communications

Office of Economic Development

Office of Film + Music

Office of Housing

Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Office of Sustainability and Environment

Office of the Mayor

Parks and Recreation


Planning and Development


Public Health - Seattle & King County

Revenue and Consumer Protection Division

Risk Management

Seattle Center

Seattle Channel

Seattle City Light

Seattle Community Court

Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Emergency Management

Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Utilities

Sister Cities

Special Events Office