Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 6: Elected Officials and Council Structure and Role

Handbook Chapter

Published: July 28, 2020

Elected Officials and Council Structure and Role
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Understand the council’s role in city governance, including eligibility for office, council powers versus individual council member roles, and delegation of council power.  Covers how council members qualify for office, the term of office and how to fill a council vacancy. Learn about the special roles of the mayor and city clerk and use of both independent and advisory boards and commissions.

Use this model document with the discussion on “Elected Officials and Council Structure and Role:

Accepting Councilmember Resignation and Declaring a Vacancy, LMC model resolution (doc).