The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official for the City of Rio Dell and is responsible for managing the City’s municipal elections in an impartial manner. Responsibilities include issuing candidates’ informational packets, receiving and reviewing candidates’ statements; processing petitions and ballot measures; preparing resolutions and election notices, and complying with other provisions of the California Elections Code as necessary.
The general municipal elections of the City are consolidated with and held on the same day as the Statewide General Municipal Elections in November of even numbered years. The City contracts with the Humboldt County Elections Department to administer its elections including the publishing of all election materials, the mailing of sample ballots, the hiring of election officers, and the counting of ballots.
Legislative and policy functions are vested in the City Council. The Rio Dell City Council consists of five (5) members elected by the voters, each serving four (4) year terms.
To qualify to run for City Council, you must be a citizen of the United States, be a registered voter, reside in the City of Rio Dell, and be 18 years of age or older. For additional information, please refer to the City Council Candidate Information Guide which is updated every two (2) years prior to the election.