Council President

Jennifer Chamberlin
(2022 - 2025)

Duties of Council President

Although there is no formal "Job Description" for the Bremerton City Council President, Rule 2 of the "City Council Rules & Procedures" designates that the Council President shall be elected by a majority of the Council members at the start of the first meeting of each year, and shall remain the President for a term of one-year, unless re-elected. The Council President is Mayor Pro Tempore in the case of absence or temporary disability of the Mayor. While not an exhaustive list, the duties of Council President also include:

  • Presiding as Chair at all meetings of the Council, which includes preserving order and decorum in the Chambers at all times and ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Observes and enforces all rules adopted by the Council for its governance, which includes recognizing members in appropriate order, ensuring equal opportunity to speak, and deciding all questions of order.
  • Appoints to the following Standing Committees of the City Council: Finance, Investment, and Parking, Public Works, Public Safety, and Audit.
  • Appoints to the Lodging Tax Advisory and Community Development Block Grant Review Committees.
  • Appoints to Regional Governmental boards and committees including, but not limited to, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council and Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners.
  • Serves on the Kitsap 911 Policy Board, LEOFF 1 Police Pension Board, and Kitsap Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors.
  • Serves as an Alternate, or may recommend others to serve as an Alternate, to the following Mayor-appointed boards: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Committee, PSRC Transportation Policy Board, PSRC Growth Management Board, PSRC Economic Development Board, and West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery Executive Committee.
  • Approves scheduling of all Study Sessions, Special Meetings, Executive Sessions, Retreats, and all date changes for regular Council Meetings.
  • Monitors and approves all Agenda items for inclusion in packets in accordance with Council Rules and Procedures, and provides follow-up contact with the City Attorney or submitting-Departments as necessary.
  • Works with Staff to arrange Meeting Agendas for efficiency and minimizing cost to the City.
  • Signs off on the Check Register, following Council approval, as well as approving all Purchase Orders, General Claims, and Claims for Expenses for Council Office expenditures and reimbursement to Council Members.
  • Oversees Council Staff which includes approving functions of the Council Office, assists in approving requests made by other Council Members, performing yearly staff performance evaluations, and prioritizing work, requiring weekly meetings at a minimum. 
  • Maintains regular contact with the City Attorney on current and upcoming legal issues facing the city, requiring weekly meetings at a minimum.
  • Approves Council Member and Staff Payroll, as well as Council Staff Vacation and Sick Leave Approval Slips.
  • Attends a large number of social functions and special events representing the City, with many costs out-of-pocket.
  • Maintains regular contact with the Vice-President and other Councilmembers, the Mayor, Department heads, and other local and regional elected officials to remain current on their concerns and issues.
  • Maintains knowledge of all issues impacting Bremerton and communicates on behalf of the Council when appropriate.