The City of Gig Harbor utilizes a strong-mayor form of Government. The City Council consists of seven part-time, nonpartisan members elected at-large to serve four-year terms. The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation and making general policy decisions governing the City.

At the beginning of each year, the Council appoints a Mayor Pro Tempore from its membership to perform Mayoral duties in the Mayor’s absence. Council Committees are also appointed yearly. The City Council regular meetings are the second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Civic Center Council Chambers.