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Proposition No. 1
Adoption of the Council-Manager Form of Government Within the City of Clyde Hill Beginning March 1, 2023

Shall the city of Clyde Hill adopt the council-manager form of government and abandon the mayor-council form of government beginning March 1, 2023? The adoption of the council-manager form of government would not affect the city’s continuing status as a code city governed under Title 35A, Revised Code of Washington.


For Adoption of the Council-Manager Form of Government Beginning March 1, 2023

Against Adoption of the Council-Manager Form of Government

Clyde Hill is currently organized as a mayor-council city (per RCW Ch. 35A.12). Approval of this ballot measure will change Clyde Hill to a council-manager city (per RCW Ch. 35A.13). This ballot measure will not affect Clyde Hill’s status as a non-charter code city.


Under the current plan, a part-time mayor heads the executive branch. That mayor appoints a full-time professional city administrator, subject to council confirmation, to act as the chief administrative officer. Five councilmembers serve as the legislative branch. The voters elect the mayor and councilmembers.


If this measure is approved, the city council will increase to seven members, with the current mayor serving as the sixth council member until the end of her term (December 31, 2023). These six council members will appoint a seventh council member, who will serve until the next general election. The council will select a mayor from among the seven councilmembers to serve as the council chair and ceremonial head of the city.


The city council will then hire a professional city manager to serve as the city’s chief administrative officer. The city manager does not have to be a resident of Clyde Hill. By state law, the city council cannot interfere with the city manager’s administration (“separation of powers”), just as it cannot interfere with the current mayor’s administration. The manager is responsible to the council, and a majority of the city council may remove the manager at any time. The change to the council-manager plan will begin March 1, 2023.

Your For vote will change the structure of our local government to be more accountable to residents while improving daily operations and maintaining city staff.


We elect our Mayor and City Council members to serve the needs of the community.  When the current Administration ignores the City Council’s feedback, they do a disservice to us all by acting in defiance of the majority of our elected officials – and there is no recourse.  Local problems that directly impact property values are not proactively addressed and city service quality suffers.  That’s why residents requested asked that this measure be added to the ballot and the City Council voted unanimously to listen to resident concerns and advance it to this election. 


Your For vote will move oversight for City Administration to the City Council.   The City Manager will be accountable to the City Council every four weeks, as in Bellevue, Kirkland, Medina and Mercer Island which have Council Manager governments.


Endorsed by Bellevue City Councilman and former Mayor John Stokes. 


Submitted by: Lisa Slivka, Pam Phillips,

You deserve the right to decide your executives—from President, to Governor, to King County Executive, and your Mayor. This measure takes that away, putting it in the hands of a simple council majority —4 people. More than 80% of Washington cities trust our mayor-council form of government.  


Checks and balances will be lost with a council-manager form of government. Currently our city council’s power is limited by the Mayor, and the Mayor’s by the city council. The city manager would answer only to the city council, not the residents. This change will remove a critical check on city council power. 


This measure would increase costs, some include severance for the City Administrator, headhunter fees, staff turnover, and legal fees. These costs to our small city budget are astronomical. Our tax dollars are better spent on basic government services, not overhead. 


This is a solution in search of a problem. This measure removes your right to choose your mayor, eliminates checks and balances, and increases costs. For 69 years, Clyde Hill residents have been discerning voters and chosen our mayors well. We trust that we will all continue to do that in the future. Vote No! Learn more at 


Submitted by: Bruce Dodds, Marilyn (Lyn) Adams, Spencer Nurse,                   

Per the explanatory statement, this change removes neither our right to choose our representation nor any checks and balances. This is the latest attempt to misinform the voters, following multiple exaggerated cost estimates denounced by the council. As of August 11, there is no official cost estimate.


Since 1970, almost all new cities in Washington state have incorporated under the council-manager system and several, such as Bainbridge, have made this switch and reported minimal costs.


Submitted by: Lisa Slivka, Pam Phillips,    

A change this drastic should be solving clear problems, but only vague concerns are offered. This is a power grab by some on the council, calling checks and balances “defiance.” This arrogance is why we must continue to separately elect our Mayor.


We need our Mayor to be directly accountable to residents and be a check on council power, rather than a city manager who answers only to four councilmembers. Vote No!


Submitted by: Bruce Dodds, Marilyn (Lyn) Adams, Spencer Nurse,

Simple majority (RCW 35A.06.060)

For questions about this measure, contact: Tom Brubaker, City Attorney, (206) 273-7440,

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