Regular Municipal Elections are held the first Tuesday in November of every odd numbered year. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term, while other elected officials serve four-year terms. Individuals to fill positions vacated before the end of the term or for which no candidates chose to run are appointed by the seated council to complete the remainder of the term.
The mayor works with the administrative office to make sure that the laws and ordinances of the City are being executed properly.
The Mayor presides over meetings of the City Council and is considered a member of the council for purposes of determining a quorum. In the case of a tie vote by the council, the mayor is required to break the tie.
The City Council and the Mayor work together to create ordinances and laws for the City. There are three wards in the City of Salida and two council members represent each ward. City Council appoints and directs the work of the City Administrator and is responsible, by a majority vote of all members, for appointing the City Attorney, Municipal Prosecutor, Municipal Judge and City Clerk.
The Treasurer holds an elected position for four years and has no voting power in the City Council meetings. The Treasurer must be at least 18 years of age and a registered elector. He or she must have resided in the City limits for a minimum of twelve months.