Incorporated August 31, 1999, Sammamish is a Municipal Code city, with a Council/City Manager form of government. Citizens elect seven Councilmembers, who in turn appoint a City Manager to guide day to day operations.
Sammamish Comprehensive Plan, adopted September 16, 2003:
"The Vision of Sammamish is a community of families. A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place."
The name Sammamish is derived from two Native American words: Samena – hunter and mish – people.