The City of Medina is a non-charter code city with a council-manager government. The city council is composed of seven members elected in non-partisan, at-large elections to four-year terms. The council elects a ceremonial mayor and deputy mayor from its members, serving a two-year term, and appoints a city manager to execute its legislative policies and oversee the government
The eastern shore of Evergreen Point was a sparsely-populated area that was cleared for its timber in the 1870s. Seattle businessman Thomas Dabney established a claim on the south side of modern-day Medina in 1886, becoming the area’s first permanent white settler. Dabney was built in 1890, naming it Dabney’s Landing, while the surrounding area was turned into berry farms and fruit orchards.