Our City Government works hard at providing outstanding city
services to make Bay Village a premier place to live, work and
play. Often, well-run city services are those that are least
intrusive to the activities of our residents and businesses. This
is accomplished in partnership with residents, City Council and
City Administration. The City Administration is made up of nine
departments: Finance, Public Service & Properties, Building,
Engineering & Inspections, Community Services, Fire, Police,
Law and Recreation, along with the Mayor's office. Our City Council
is composed of seven elected officials including one from each
voting ward, two council at large members and a Council
The Mayor's office handles the day to day management of the City
while the service departments meet the infrastructure needs of
maintaining city buildings, programs and services.
to view a City Government Organizational Chart.
Bay Village is organized around a Charter form of Government. In
1948, a charter commission was elected and on April 12, 1949 the
present charter was adopted at a special election. It became
effective January 1, 1950. At that same time, the Village of Bay
became the "City of Bay Village" having been certified as having
6,917 residents as of 1950.
Charter Review - In accordance with Section 13.6 of the Charter,
on or before January 20, 1963, and similarly, each ten (10) years
thereafter, the Mayor shall appoint a commission of nine (9)
qualified electors, whose appointment shall be confirmed by
Council, and at least five (5) of whom shall hold no other office
or appointment in the City. Said nine electors shall serve as a
Charter Review Commission and within six calendar months after
confirmation of such appointments, shall recommend to Council such
alterations, revisions, and amendments, if any, to this Charter as
in the judgement of a majority of said Commission are desirable.
The Council shall forthwith submit to the electors any such
proposed alterations, revisions, or amendments to the Charter to be
voted on at the next regular November election. Each said Charter
Review Commission shall cease to function on the day of the next
November election following its appointment. The members of the
Commission shall serve without compensation. Meetings of the
Charter Review Commission shall be open to the public. (Ord.
61-168; approved 11-7-61.)
The Charter states that the people shall elect seven members of
The qualifications in accordance with the City Charter are as
"Each member of Council, including the President of Council,
shall have been for at least one (1) year prior to his election or
appointment, and during his term of office shall continue to be, a
resident of the Municipality and a qualified elector thereof. He
shall not hold any other public office or public employment except
as otherwise provided in this Charter or ordinance, and that of
Notary Public or a membership in the State Militia, or the reserve
corps of the United States."
"The Mayor shall be elected for a term of four years. The Mayor
shall be entitled to a seat in the Council. The Mayor shall not
have a vote in the Council, but shall have the right to introduce
ordinances and resolutions and to take part in the discussions of
all matters coming before the Council."
Regular Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of
the month beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. City
Council Committee Sessions are held the second and fourth Monday's
of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of City
Hall. These meetings are open to the public.
In accordance with Section 2.11 of the City Charter, Council
will recess for the months of July and August. A Special Meeting
may be called to take action during these months and such meetings
will be posted.