Government

City Hall About Our City
The city began with the incorporation of the town of Winslow in 1947. In 1991, the city annexed the remainder of the island, establishing the City of Bainbridge Island. The annexation allowed the city government to take full responsibility for providing dedicated services to the entire island.

Form of Government
As a noncharter code city, Bainbridge Island originally operated under a mayor / council form of government. The form of government has been changed following a May 19, 2009 vote in which a majority of islanders expressed a preference for the council / manager form of government. This form of government is regulated under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35A.13.
 
Structure of Government
The city manager reports to and is appointed by the City Council. The City Council's seven members are elected in non-partisan elections for four-year staggered terms.

Service-Oriented
The Bainbridge Island City government provides services in the areas of Public Works, Planning and Community Development, Finance, Municipal Court, and Police.

Citizen Participation
The City of Bainbridge Island encourages active participation by its residents in shaping policies which reflect the community’s needs and values. Citizen volunteers participate in commissions and committees which advise City Council in a variety of areas, ranging from forestry issues to the development of non-motorized transportation alternatives. Together, we create the community which we enjoy today, and which we shape for future generations.

The Comprehensive Plan
Under the state's Growth Management Act, all cities are mandated to establish Comprehensive Plans. These plans act as long-term guides to help each city balance growth with the need to sustain the environment. Bainbridge Island's first Comprehensive Plan, completed in 1994, was developed with the input of a citizen Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee. The plan was updated in the winter of 2004 through a series of public meetings. The Comprehensive Plan is a living document. It serves as a blueprint for the island we envision for the future. View Comprehensive Plan