How to Become a Council Member

Many have wondered what it takes to be a Village Council Member; how much time does each member spend on Village business; what are they paid; what are their duties; and how can I become a Council Member and serve my community? The Village of Tequesta utilizes the Council/Manager form of government and is subject only to the limitations imposed by the constitution and laws of the State of Florida and by the Village Charter. The elective Council enacts local legislation, adopts the Village budget, establishes policies, appoints the Village Manager who is tasked with executing the policies and laws and administers the government of the Village and appoints the Village Attorney.
The Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to conduct its regular business; and encourages residents to attend and provide input. Additionally, special meetings and workshops are regularly held to address specific issues relating to Village matters. The Mayor and Council Members receive an annual salary of $3,000.
The Council consists of five (5) members who are elected at large to five Seats. Seats 1, 3 and 5 are elected in the even years with Seats 2 and 4 elected in the odd years. Council Members serve the residents of the Village for two-year terms. Council Members must be registered voters and residents of the incorporated Village and upon being elected to office must take and subscribe to the Oath of Office as outlined in the Village Charter and in State Statute.
When a resident decides to seek office, they should schedule an appointment with the Village Clerk to review the “Candidate Election Handbook.” During this meeting, the entire process is explained, required forms and election laws are provided, and important deadlines and dates are reviewed.
The next municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015 and the Qualifying Period runs from Noon, January 27, 2015 through Noon, February 10, 2015. For additional election information, contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 561-768-0443 or email the Village Clerk.

Lori McWilliams, MMC
Village Clerk