The Battle Ground City Council began their first meeting of the year on January 6 by welcoming their newest member and selecting a Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Clark County Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales attended the meeting to conduct the ceremonial oaths of office.
Elected in November, Councilmember Shauna Walters was welcomed as the council’s newest member. Councilmembers Shane Bowman and Philip Johnson were reelected in November and are currently serving their third consecutive term in office. The three join sitting councilmembers Adrian Cortes, Mike Dalesandro, Cherish DesRochers and Brian Munson who are in the third year of their four-year term of office.
The council selected Adrian Cortes to serve as Mayor and Philip Johnson as Deputy Mayor. Every two years at their first meeting of the year, the council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and one as Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. The Mayor’s duties, in addition to having the same authority and responsibilities of all council members, are to preside at council meetings and serve as the ceremonial representative of the council. The Deputy Mayor serves as Mayor should the Mayor be absent.
The seven members of city council are elected at-large by voters to serve a four-year term of office. The council is responsible for the legislative function of the city such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, approving budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. Under the city’s adopted Council-Manager form of government, the city council appoints a city manager to implement its policies, serve as advisor, and oversee administrative operations of the city.
Visit the the Battle Ground City Council page for more including councilmember contact and council meeting information.