The City Council is the governing body for the City of St. Charles. The City Council consists of 10 members, one from each ward nominated and elected by the qualified registered voters of their respective wards. Each Council member elected serves a 3-year term.
There are 10 City Council wards. Ward boundaries are established by ordinance following each decennial census and may be changed at other times. Wards are comprised of compact and contiguous territory and contain, as nearly as possible, an equal number of inhabitants.
The City Council is the legislative body of the City and is responsible for:
Allocating funds contained in the City budget
Approving city programs
Encouraging economic development
Establishing compensation and benefits for approximately 500 part-time and full-time city employees
Establishing local laws known as ordinances
Establishing the Capital Improvement Plan
Setting goals and policy for city government
In addition, Council members are assigned to various boards and commissions to act as Council liaisons. The Council elects one of its members as president of the council. The president presides over all of the meetings. Regular meetings are broadcast over the City of St. Charles government access channel on charter cable.