City and Government

Local and State Governments

Seattle uses the Mayor-Council form of city government. The offices of the Mayor, nine City Council members and the City Attorney are all elected by the citizens.

As of January 2010, the Mayor of Seattle is Mike McGinn, and the members of the Seattle City Council are Sally Clark, Jean Godden, Richard Conlin, Bruce Harrell, Sally Bagshaw, Tom Rasmussen, Nick Licata, Tim Burgess, and Mike O'Brien. The City Attorney is Peter Holmes.

The City of Seattle is part of King County. The County Executive is Dow Constantine.

The Governor of the State of Washington is Christine Gregoire.

Among Seattle's notable past politicians is Bertha Knight Landes, mayor from 1926 to 1928. She was the first woman mayor of a major American city. For more history of Seattle's elected officials, visit City Officials in the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Official Seattle

City Bird:
Great Blue Heron

City Flower:

City Mottos:
The City of Flowers
The City of Goodwill

City Song:
" Seattle the Peerless City "

For more about Seattle's symbols, visit Seattle City Symbols in the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Your Government

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COmmissions and Boards

Communications and Media

Data and archives

  • Census Information
  • City Charter
  • Seattle City Council Bill and Ordinance Index
  • Seattle City Council Resolution Index
  • City photograph archive
  • Historical City Records
  • Maps
  • Search City Legislation
  • Seattle Comptroller/Clerk Files Index
  • Seattle Municipal Code

Hearing Examiner

City Departments,

Offices & Divisions

Boards and Commissions

The Mayor and City Council appoint residents of Seattle to over 50 boards and commissions.

Downtown Campus Buildings

Directions to City of Seattle Downtown Campus, including City Hall, Seattle Municipal Tower, the Central Building and the Justice Center.

City Acronyms

A listing of City of Seattle service, program, department, division, office, and group acronyms.

Mayor McGinn

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Call: (206) 684-4000
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City Council

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Call: (206) 684-8888
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City Attorney

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Call: (206) 684-8200
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