The City Council is the governing body of the City of Emeryville. Its 5 members are elected at-large by the Emeryville electorate for 4-year staggered terms. Elections are held in even-numbered years, with three (3) Councilmembers elected in one cycle, and two (2) Councilmembers elected in the alternate cycle. Councilmembers must be electors of the City, and must have been residents of the City for the year preceding the election.
Each year, the City Council selects a Mayor and Vice Mayor from among themselves. The City Council also serves as the legislative body for the City as Successor Agency to the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency.