City Council

The City Council is seeking Clearlake residents to apply for vacant seats on the Planning Commission and Marketing Committee. 

Planning Commissioners hear and act upon land use matters and are advisory to the Clearlake City Council on zoning regulations, the general plan, and other land use issues.  Commissioners serve at the will of the City Council and are designated filers under the Fair Political Practices Commission and must file periodic Statements of Economic Interest disclosing financial interests within the jurisdiction of the City.  

Apply here for the Planning Commission.

The Marketing Committee takes an active role in recommending projects and programs for City Council adoption.  Previous recommendations by the committee that were approved by the City Council include a new City Seal, City Motto, PD graphics and patches, banners, newspaper advertisements, and a City photo contest.

Apply here for the Marketing Committee.

Applications are available at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive, on the City’s website at or via email to Melissa Swanson, Administrative Services Director/City Clerk at City Council will consider applications and appointment during the September 30th, 2021 Council meeting. The deadline for applications to be included in the City Council meeting packet is September 30th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Committee/Commission Application


  • 6 p.m.
  • First and third Thursdays of each month
  • Clearlake City Hall Council Chambers
    14050 Olympic Drive
    Clearlake, CA 95422

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings according to the Brown Act. Minutes are available following approval. Please visit our Agendas and Minutes section of our website for more information.



Five directly elected officials comprise the City Council. The terms of office are staggered. The Mayor's position is rotated annually by selection of the City Council. The City Council is the policy-making body of the City of Clearlake and, in that capacity, approves and adopts ordinances and resolutions and takes action on other policy matters to provide community leadership. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney, as well as various commission, board, and committee members.

The Council also directs staff on matters that meet the community's needs and service levels. In that process, the Council oversees the financial condition of the City making the final determination on its ability to afford various programs and services. The Council has served as the Board of Directors of the now dissolved Clearlake Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and now sits as the RDA's Successor Agency.