The legislative power of the Borough is vested in the Borough Assembly. The Assembly engages in a broad range of decision-making that effects all functions of Borough government. The Assembly establishes policy for the Borough. The Mayor and seven Assembly members are elected-at-large by the voters. The Assembly appoints a professionally trained and experienced Borough Manager to administer the Borough functions on a daily basis. The Assembly, together with the Mayor, oversees the Borough Manager, Borough Attorney, and Borough Clerk.
The Mayor and seven Assembly Members are elected at an annual borough-wide election held the first Tuesday of October. Terms of office are staggered, are for three-year terms, and there is a two term limit. Each year two or three assembly seats are up for election. The Mayor and each Assembly Member represent all the citizens of the borough.
Regular Assembly meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month unless the Monday is a holiday - then the meeting is held on Tuesday. The meetings are held in the Assembly Chambers, 1900 First Avenue, Suite 144, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and are broadcast via webstream and local TV channels.
Each year the Assembly approves a list of capital project funding requests and project booklet for submission to the Governor and Legislature. For more than 30 years the Community of Ketchikan's annual capital project lists have been developed through a series of meetings inviting participants from all areas of the community. Community projects, as well as the municipal priority projects are included in the booklet.
FY 2015 Community of Ketchikan Capital Project Request Booklet