The governing body for the City of Sandy is the City Council. The Council is composed of the Mayor and six City Council members. They are all elected at-large (i.e., by all city voters); the Mayor serves a two-year term and the Council members serve four-year terms, with half the positions elected in the November general election of even-numbered years.
As with most Oregon cities, Sandy uses the "council-manager" form of government. The City Council members are unpaid volunteers who typically hold full time jobs in other areas. They are responsible for all city policies, legislation, and the city budget. The City Council appoints a city manager, who is assigned responsibility of day-to-day operation of the city, consistent with the policy direction set by the Council.
Mail to the Sandy City Council can be addressed to 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy OR 97055. The main city phone number is (503) 668-5533. See the directory (in the About the City page) for individual member contacts.
Each year, the City Council sets goals for the community and the city government. These goals help direct the budget and work program for city staff. The Council also establishes policies that help guide decision-making.
The city council encourages the formation of neighborhood associations. Once formed, the association's bylaws and boundaries are officially recognized by the city council through a city resolution. Neighborhood associations can maintain a sense of community by sponsoring social events like block parties, organizing neighborhood block watch programs, encouraging neighborhood clean-up and maintenance efforts, and providing a formal link with the city government on issues ranging from zoning to traffic.
The City Council has also assigned each of its members to serve as a liaison to the various neighborhoods within the city, whether or not they are organized as a formal neighborhood association.