The City of Boise has a strong mayor-council form of government. The Mayor works full-time, managing the day-to-day operations of the city and providing leadership and policy direction to the City Council. The Mayor chairs all meetings of the City Council, voting only in the case of a tie. The six members of the City Council work part-time, holding budget and policy-setting authority for the city.
The Mayor and City Council members are elected at large by popular vote. City Council members are elected to a specific Council seat, but the seats are not determined geographically.
City elections are held in odd numbered years (e.g. 2021, 2023, 2025).
Mayor Lauren McLean
In 2019, Lauren McLean became the first woman ever elected to the office of Boise Mayor, winning a record-setting number of votes in a historic runoff.
The six-member City Council serves as the city's legislative body with policy setting and budgetary authority.
Departments and Programs
The City of Boise's departments and citywide programs.
Boards & Commissions
Department Boards & Commissions for the City of Boise
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