The legislative body of Westland is the City Council which consists of seven (7) Council persons, elected at large. Four Council persons are elected at each regular odd year City election. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected to four (4) year terms and the candidate receiving the fourth highest number of votes is elected to a two (2) year term. The term of office commences at 12:00 noon on January 1, following the election and expires at 12:00 noon two or four years thereafter. The President of the City Council is chosen by a majority vote of the Council at the first meeting of the Council in January following each odd year general City election, and presides over all meetings of the Council. At the same meeting, council members elect a President pro-tem that presides over Council meetings in the absence of the President.