The Common Council of the City of Kenosha is comprised of the Mayor and 17 alderpersons. The alderpersons work together to determine city policies and ordinances. One alderperson is elected from each of the 17 districts in the city for a two-year term. Elections take place on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years.
The Common Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in room 200 at City Hall, 625 52nd St. Several committee and board meetings also are scheduled each month. A schedule of meetings and the agendas are posted on our homepage, in city hall and at the library. Several alderpersons serve on each committee of the common council including: Finance, Public Works, Public Safety and Welfare, Stormwater Utility and Licenses and Permits. Members of the committees are appointed by the Mayor – and confirmed by a majority vote of the council – at the organizational meeting of the newly elected council.
The Mayor is elected to a four-year term during the spring election every four years. The position of Mayor is a full-time position. The Mayor has powers and duties imposed on the office by the state of Wisconsin; and has the general supervision of all city officers and heads of departments. The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the majority of the Common Council.
The City Administrator handles the administration and control of the city's operations. The City Administrator oversees all city departments and sub-units in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.