Council Central Staff

Council Central Staff provides professional, nonpartisan policy and fiscal analysis to the Council and its individual members. The Central Staff team:

  • Provides objective research, analysis, and legislative options to achieve the Council’s policy objectives;
  • Supports the Chair of the Select Committee on Budget in managing the Council’s annual budget review processes, including the development of an initial and revised balancing package;
  • Analyzes the Mayor’s proposed budget and capital improvement program by identifying potential issues and options;
  • Drafts memoranda, legislation, amendments, and other budget actions that accomplish the Council’s intended objectives;
  • Facilitates and participates in meetings with and between Councilmembers and other branches of city government, as well as outside partners, stakeholders and lobbyists; and
  • Acts as the central hub for the exchange of information between the Council, legal counsel and executive branch staff.


Work Programs

City Council

Address: 600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA , 98124-4025
Phone: (206) 684-8888
Phone Alt: Listen Line: (206) 684-8566
Fax: (206) 684-8587
Meet the Council

The Seattle City Council establishes City policy through enactment of ordinances (laws) and adoption of resolutions. The City Council also approves and adopts the City's budget. The nine Council members and their legislative assistants are part of the City of Seattle Legislative Department.