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Council's Role and Responsibilities

Mayor and Council's responsibilities are set out in the Community Charter. Generally, Council's role is to consider the best interests of the City, represent the will of the public, determine services and establish levels of service delivery, and provide leadership and governance by focusing on key issues, strategic planning, and setting policy.

The members of Powell River City Council consist of the Mayor and six Councillors. The current council took office in October 2018.

Individually, Councillors have very few statutory powers or responsibilities. The substantive powers of Councillors are exercised collectively with other Councillors. Council may only exercise its authority by resolution or bylaw at a Council meeting. Each member of Council, including the Mayor, has one vote on any question. Each member of Council present must vote on the question, and if a member of Council does not indicate how he or she votes, that member is deemed to have voted in the affirmative.

Contacting the Mayor or Councilors

Councillors may be contacted through the Deputy Corporate Officer’s office or directly through our online Mayor and Council Directory.

Mayor

The Mayor is the head and Chief Executive Officer of the city. In addition to the Council members' responsibilities, the Mayor's responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership to Council

  • Communicate information to Council

  • Preside at Council meetings

  • Provide, on behalf of Council, general direction to city officers respecting implementation of city policies, programs and other Council directions.

  • Reflect the will of Council and carry out other duties on behalf of Council

Requests for Meetings with the Mayor

Appointments with the Mayor can be arranged by calling 604-485-8601, or emailing the Deputy Corporate Officer mshaffer@powellriver.ca

Council's role in qathet Regional District

The Powell River Regional District Board consists of municipal directors and electoral area directors. Two members of Council are appointed as regional directors. Current municipal directors are Councillors Leishman and Doubt.

Council's relationship with City staff

Council's direct contact with city staff is through the Chief Administrative Officer. The Chief Administrative Officer provides direction to staff to carry out Council's decisions.

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Schedule

See the council and committee meeting schedules.

Minutes and Agendas

Minutes and agendas for council meetings and all committees are available online.

Adding Agenda Items and Delegation requests

To have an item placed on an agenda for a Council or Committee of the Whole meeting please review the instructions at How to Appear as a Delegation.