Moscow City Council

​Moscow has a Council-Mayor form of government consisting of six at-large (serving the community as a whole rather than representing a subdivision of the community) Council members and a Mayor. These positions are elected separately and serve four-year terms. The Council elects a President and Vice-President from among its members at its first meeting in January each year. These two officers may stand in for the mayor as necessary.

Photo by Archer Photography, Jonathan S. Billing, Moscow, Idaho 

The Council is the legislative and judicial arm of Moscow's City government; enacting ordinances and resolutions. This body confirms the Mayor's appointments of City officials including department heads, and the City Supervisor, as well as commission members. The Council approves the City's annual budget and serves as the convening body for public hearings and appeals of other City Boards and Commissions.

Interested in having your issue considered by the Council?

To formally begin the process, contact the City Supervisor, a Council member or the Mayor directly.  Topics are routinely discussed by elected officials and staff and are either resolved or managed, if appropriate, using existing City policies and procedures.  If the issue requires discussion and direction by the Council it is scheduled for presentation at a Council Committee meeting.  Council Committees are the work groups that review agenda topics to either request additional information or research from City staff or commissions, or forward on those items for discussion and consideration by the full Council.  There are two committees, Public Works Finance and Administrative and meeting are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month starting at 3 p.m.  Full Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month and start at 7 p.m.  Due to meeting schedules, most issues take at least 6 weeks to reach a full City Council meeting.

For more information on the City Council or Committee meetings, please contact Laurie M. Hopkins, City Clerk at 208.883.7015 or by email at