The mission of the City Council is to provide policy direction for the City of Wichita in developing, implementing, and maintaining services to the citizens of Wichita.
The Council establishes policy direction for the City by enacting ordinances, laws, policies, adopting the budget, levying taxes, and appointing members to citizen advisory boards and commissions. The seven-member Council is elected to four-year terms on a nonpartisan basis with staggered terms of office. The Mayor and City Council Members can run two consecutive four year terms. The Mayor’s position is full-time, while Council Members are part-time. Salaries and election years vary per year.
Six Council members are elected by district, and the Mayor is elected at-large. The general election for Mayor and Council is set by statute and charter ordinance as the first Tuesday in April of each odd numbered year. The date on which that election falls changes according to the calendar. If a primary election is needed, it is held on the Tuesday preceding the general election by 5 weeks. Visit the Sedgwick County Election Office for more information about upcoming elections.
Wichita Sister Cities
Wichita is an active participant in the Sister Cities International program. The program's goals include enriching community life through exhibits, tours, and exchanges; providing a setting for meeting community leaders from cities around the world; creating opportunities for cultural activities and exchanges; providing host families for visitors from Wichita's Sister Cities; and supporting student exchange programs for students from Wichita's Sister Cities.
Wichita's Sister Cities are Tlalnepantla and Cancun, Mexico; Orleans, France; and Kaifeng, China. Council members represent the City both when receiving visitors and when visiting Sister Cities.