previously indicated, El Cajon is a general law
city with a popularly elected mayor and a council-manager
system of government. It operates within the terms
of reference described in the preceding section.
The El Cajon City Council exercises those powers
described for the council-manager system of government.
Its five members are elected for overlapping four-year
terms with elections held in November of the even-numbered
The Mayor and one Council member are elected in
November of an even-numbered year and the other
three Council members in the next even-numbered
year. Except on City holidays, election days,
and other days as specified by the City Council
from time to time, meetings are held on the 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month in two sessions
commencing at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Those actions
requiring advance public notice and formal public
hearings are normally scheduled for the 7:00 p.m.
The Mayor is the presiding officer of the Council
and represents the City on ceremonial occasions.
Contrary to normal parliamentary procedure, the
Mayor may debate and introduce motions from the
chair and vote as a member of the Council. The
Mayor rules on points of order, prescribes time
limits on debate, and ensures observance of proper
decorum on Council procedures. However, the Mayor
may be overruled on specific points by the other
Council members. In April of 1968, the electorate
voted to designate the Mayor for a four-year term
by direct election. Previously, the Council had
elected one of its members to serve as mayor for
a one-year term.
Annually, on the 2nd Tuesday in December, the
Council meets to select one of its members as
Mayor Pro-Tempore for the next twelve months.
In the absence of the Mayor from any official
function, the Mayor Pro-Tempore exercises the
full powers and duties of that office.