A Guide to Renton City Government
The City of Renton works in partnership with residents, businesses and schools to:
- Provide a healthy, welcoming atmosphere where citizens choose to live, raise families and take pride in their community
- Promote planned growth and economic vitality
- Create a positive work environment
- Meet service demands through innovation and commitment to excellence
The city operates under the laws of the State of Washington as an "optional municipal code city," governed by the Renton Municipal Code. Code cities have broad authority within their geographic domain. Renton is governed with a mayor-council form of government. Renton voters elect these eight officials "at-large," meaning there is no geographic representation to any position among the city's policy makers.
- Provides leadership to guide the functions of city government
- Establishes policy positions for city departments to carry out
- Implements the policy guidance given by the legislative branch (City Council)
- 7 members
- Principally responsible for policy-making
- Meets each Monday
- Passes ordinances and resolutions as a reflection of the City's policy direction
Day-to-day operations of the city are carried out by more than 700 employees under the direction of the city's chief administrative officer. As a general purpose, full-service government the city provides a host of services to residents and local businesses:
Finally, the City of Renton believes in partnerships. The city has teamed up with the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center, and Renton School District to collectively market the Renton community. The goal of this partnership is to recruit quality companies to locate operations in Renton and diversify Renton's employment base. The campaign has received national recognition, not only for its effectiveness, but also for the unique collaboration and partnership among community stakeholders.