Duties & Responsibilities
The mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city and serves as the official and ceremonial head of the city on ceremonial occasions. Functions of the mayor include:
  • Being in charge of all departments and employees
  • Directing the preparation of and submits to the council a proposed yearly budget
  • Exercising the power to veto ordinances passed by the council (such veto may be overridden by vote of a majority of all councilmembers plus one more vote)
  • Making recommendations for council consideration and action
  • Presiding over all meetings of the City Council (mayor only has a vote in the case of a tie, except in the case of passage of any ordinance, grant, or revocation of franchise or license, or any resolution for the payment of money)
  • Reporting to the City Council concerning affairs of the city and its financial and other needs

Current Mayor
Mayor Ken Hearing was elected to office in 2004 and is currently serving his fourth term. Prior to being elected as mayor, he served on the North Bend Planning Commission from 1999 to 2003. Mayor Hearing’s term expires December 31, 2019.

History of the Mayor's Office
Download North Bend's mayoral history.