What is the council-manager form of government?
A YES vote on Proposition 1 will change Langley’s city government to the council-manager form. In this form, the elected mayor and council set policy while a trained professional manages the day-to-day operations of city hall. This form has many advantages which have led to its widespread popularity nationally and in Washington State.
First used in 1908, it is now used in U.S. cities of all sizes, including more than 154 cities smaller than Langley, and is the most common form of government for cities with populations of 2,500 or more. In Washington, of the 17 cities that have incorporated since 1970, 16 of them (94%) have chosen to become council-manager cities.
This site is filled with information about what the council-manager form is, how it works, and why many of us in Langley feel it would be good for our community. If this is your first time here, we invite you to explore, perhaps beginning with the Frequently Asked Questions.