About the City Council
The City Council is the governing body of the City. The Mayor and four Members of the City Council are elected by Montclair voters. The Council Members appoint one of their fellow Members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem following each biennial election. Council Members are elected in even-numbered years for staggered four-year terms.
Required Qualifications for Mayor and City Council Members
Must reside in and be a qualified elector (registered voter) of Montclair for a period of not less than 30 days prior to the filing of nomination papers. Proof of residency required.
- Must reside in Montclair during term of office. Any member moving out of Montclair during the term automatically forfeits office.
- Shall not hold any other City office or City employment during the term for which he or she is elected to the Council.
- Must declare under oath to accept the office in the event of election and to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.
The Mayor and Council Members must maintain compliance with certain public official training requirements, including completing biennial training courses for ethics and sexual harassment prevention.
Local Appointment List and Committee/Liaison Assignments
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54972, the City Council prepares a Local Appointment List containing all regular and ongoing boards, commissions, and committees which are appointed by the legislative body of the local agency. The list includes the names of the incumbent appointees, the dates of their first appointment, the dates the current terms expires, and the necessary qualifications for the positions. The list also includes the necessary qualifications for each position. Copies are posted at the bulletin boards in front of City Hall and the Montclair Branch Library. Please check vacancy notices for current openings.
Council Committee Liaison Assignments are assignments made of City Council members to serve on Council Committees. The assignments are regularly updated every 2 years during a Council Meeting held after the General Municipal Election, and may be updated throughout the year as necessary.
Additional Council Compensation - FPPC Form 806
Pursuant to Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Regulation 18705.5, each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions to which an official will vote to appoint themselves. When there is a change in compensation or a new appointment, the Form 806 is updated to reflect the change. The form is required if the appointment results in additional (potential) income of at least $250 in a 12-month period.
Successor Redevelopment Agency, Montclair Housing Authority, and Montclair Housing Corporation Board of Directors
In 1977, the City Council established the City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency. In June 2011, Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature dissolved all redevelopment agencies in California. Therefore, all redevelopment and housing programs once offered by the City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency had to be suspended and dissolved. As part of the dissolution process, the City assumed responsibility as the Successor to the City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency (Successor Agency, abbreviated as SA) and the Montclair Housing Authority (MHA) was created as the successor entity to dissolve all housing programs as mandated by the state. The members of the City Council are recognized as the Chair, Vice Chair, and Board Members of the Successor Agency and Montclair Housing Authority. In addition, the City Council acts as the Board of Directors for the Montclair Housing Corporation (MHC), which owns and operates 99 units of affordable housing.
The Successor Agency Board, the MHC Board, and the MHA Board meet jointly and simultaneously with the City Council at its regular meetings.
Montclair Community Foundation Board of Directors
The City Council serves as the Montclair Community Foundation (MCF) Board of Directors. The vision of MCF is to work collectively and collaboratively to strengthen services and enhance the quality of life for residents by promoting health, wellness, and economic stability for all including the most vulnerable in our community. The mission of MCF is to guarantee a quality community for all by working together as diverse, committed individuals and organizations to make an impact that improves the overall well–being of the community.
The MCF Board meets jointly and simultaneously with the City Council at its regular meetings.