The Town of Silverthorne is a home rule community consisting of a council-manager form of government with power vested in an elected, seven-member Town Council. The Mayor and Town Council members act as the political head of the town. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the Town's public function. Town Council determines the policies and laws necessary to regulate city growth and development. By adopting the town's annual budget, Council sets funding levels for all city services, programs and activities. The Town Council appoints a Town Manager to execute laws and administer Town Government.
The policy-making and legislative powers are vested in the Town Council, consisting of the Mayor and six council members elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. Council members are elected on the basis of the largest number of votes received, while the election of the Mayor requires a majority of all the votes cast for that position. The Council may take action through ordinances, resolutions and motions. The Charter establishes procedures to promote the expeditious and efficient handling of Town matters as well as to encourage citizen participation. Town Council Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 601 Center Circle.
Town Mission Statement: To provide a year-round, family community with economic, recreational and social opportunities for all citizens to have a mountain quality of life.
Background on the Council-Manager Form of Government: The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. In Silverthorne, the Home Rule Charter has established the council-manager form of government. The policy-making and legislative powers are vested in the Town Council and the Town Manager is the Joint Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the Town.
Town Attorney: The Town Attorney is the legal representative of the Town and advises the Council and Town officials in matters relating to their official powers and duties and shall perform such other duties as required by the Charter, by the Town Manager, or as the Council may direct.