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A Resolution has the same legal status as a Motion made at a Council Meeting.  It is used when the matter is anticipated in advance and where the impact of the decision is likely to be lasting and an  explanation of the reason for the decision may be helpful to its implementation or understanding.  Motions and Resolutions are generally used to make administrative decisions such as the execution of an existing law or day to day decisions such as purchasing, direction to staff, etc.

Posting policy for City resolutions:

  • New resolutions are usually added to the website within three weeks of adoption.
  • For resolutions prior to January 1, 2010, please submit a public records request.
  • For all other inquires, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About City Council

The City Council is the legislative branch of our local government. It is composed of a mayor and six councilors with two councilors elected from each ward. The councilors serve for a term of four years, and the mayor serves for a term of two years. The Council adopts laws called ordinances, passes resolutions, sets policies, adopts the budget, levies taxes, and conducts public meetings.

The current Albany City Charter became effective on January 1, 1957. By Charter, the City of Albany adopted a council-manager form of government. The Charter provides that the City Manager is the administrative head of the City, and the manager serves at the pleasure of the Council.

Council Member Manual

The manual includes protocols that were developed at an Albany City Council training session held on January 19, 2018, and endorsed by council on February 26, 2018. They are intended to set expectations for members of the Albany City Council and provide a model to guide the conduct and working relationships of Council Members.

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