Chattanoogans elect a Mayor and all nine Council members on the first Tuesday in March of every fourth year. The next elections will be held on March 7, 2017. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast; if no candidate garners a majority, a run-off election is held between the two candidates that received the most votes. Runoff elections are held on the second Tuesday of April. Mayor and Council receive oath of office and their new terms begin on the first Monday after the second Tuesday of April. The inauguration ceremonies have historically been held at 10:00 am at the Tivoli Theatre. In April of each year the Council elects a Chair and Vice-Chair.
In order for an item to appear on the Council Agenda, it must first be presented in a committee meeting; exceptions may be made with approval of either the Council Chair or Vice-Chair, or any two members. The Council works through a committee structure and committee assignments are made by the Council Chairman.
Council meetings are streamed live each Tuesday, beginning with Committee meetings at 3:00 p.m. The Council Meetings, which start at 6:00 p.m, are also streamed live. The link to the viewing site is: Chattanooga Council Meeting (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chattanooga-council-meeting). Recordings of recent meetings are also available for viewing.
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