There shall be 17 Council Members. The regular term for council members shall be four years, any other law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding, except for the 2015 spring election, the term for Council Members for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth shall be for a period of two years. Regular term of office of Council Members shall commence on the third Tuesday of April in the year of their election after the taking and filing of the official oath of office.
Effective with the Spring 2017 election, there shall be 13 Council Members. Council Members for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Districts shall be elected for a period of two years and every four years thereafter and Council Members for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Districts shall be elected for a period of four years and every four years thereafter to provide for staggered terms.