The City of Lynden operates under a strong Mayor form of government with 7 City Council members serving 4-year terms. Council positions are staggered so that not all council members come up for election in the same year. The Council members’ term of office are shown on the Council Members page.
The City of Lynden, is a Non-Charter Code City as specified by the State of Washington Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Title 35A RCW. For more information about the structure of the Mayor-Council Plan of Government, as implemented by the City of Lynden, see RCW 35A.12
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the city, and also chairs the council meetings. The Mayor is not a council member, but can vote in some special circumstances. RCW 35A.12.100 specifies those duties and voting capabilities.
City Council meets in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month (excluding holidays). If the regular session falls on a legal holiday, the Council shall meet in regular session at the same time and place on the next succeeding business day.