The City Council is the main governing body of the City. Six council members, two selected from each ward, serve for staggered four year terms. The Mayor is elected by a city wide election and serves as the chairperson of the Council.
The council has a diverse number of powers. In general terms it sets policy for the city, devises a budget for the year and approves it, appoints all of the members of the committees serving the city, approves all new hires with the city, and sets the tax levy for the city for the year. Additionally it determines speed limits within town, decides where stop signs should be placed, attends to the Water and Sewer utilities and maintains our large park system here in Elkhart. They also oversee the Police and Fire Departments.