The City of Soldotna is a home rule city operating under a “Manager” plan of government as provided in Alaska Statute 29.20.460. The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer, executing the laws and ordinances of the Soldotna Municipal Code, and administering the government of the City in accordance with directions and policies established by the City Council. The City Manager is appointed by a majority vote of the entire City Council.
The office of Mayor is an elected position who serves as the ceremonial head of government, executing official City documents on authorization of the governing body. The Mayor presides over City Council meetings, may take part in discussion of a matter before the governing body, may vote in the case of a tie, and has limited veto power. The Mayor appoints members to City Boards and Commissions, which are then confirmed by the City Council. The Mayor is elected at large and serves a term of three years.
The Soldotna City Council is the legislative body of the City of Soldotna, and is comprised of six members, all of whom are elected at large to designated seats. A council member's term is three years. The City Council enacts the laws, sets the mill rate for property taxes, approves the annual budget, and appropriates funds to provide for city services. Through ordinances, resolutions and budget adoption, the council establishes policies and directives which are then executed by the administration.