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Roles and Responsibilities for Elected Officials

Primary audience

Elected officials

Course time

20 minutes

It is the duty of council members, the mayor, and top appointed officials to ensure that the city is fulfilling its duties under the law and lawfully exercising its powers. This mini-course describes the basic responsibilities of elected officials, as well as how the clerk works with the mayor and council members.

By completing this mini-course, you will:

  • Understand the council’s and mayor’s roles in city governance.
  • Recognize how the clerk can support the mayor and city council.
  • Access additional resources on local government, council structure and roles, and administrative staff roles.

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Subject matter expert

Kyle Hartnett, Staff Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities.


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This free course is only available to League of Minnesota Cities members and is included as part of your city’s LMC membership.


After you initially access this MemberLearn course you’re able to access it again at any time and it will not expire — so you can learn at your own pace and review the material as much as you’d like.