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

Handbook Chapter

Understand the council’s role, including eligibility for office, council powers versus individual council member roles, and delegation of council power.

Published Aug 9, 2021.

PTSD and Mental Health Toolkit Portal

PTSD and other mental health conditions are treatable, and in many cases, preventable.

Published Apr 2, 2021.

Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

Resources to help newly elected city officials prepare for their new roles in city government.

A Good Start to Good Governance

A sampling of guidance for new council members.

Published Oct 20, 2020.

Official Conflict of Interest

Informational Memo

Learn responsibilities of city officials to avoid prohibited personal or financial benefits in contracts.

Published Sep 29, 2020.

Administrative Search Warrants

Informational Memo

Understand when and why administrative search warrants are needed in certain circumstances.

Published Aug 18, 2020.

Firearm Regulation and Cities

Informational Memo

Understand how state laws affect a city’s ability to prohibit guns on city property.

Published Aug 10, 2020.

Race Equity

Resources cities can use to ensure their policies are written and services are provided with racial equity in mind.

Demographics for Cities

Get information and resources to help your city officials and staff understand and respond to demographic changes in your city.

First Amendment Concepts for Protests in Cities

Informational Memo

Legal concepts related to constitutional free speech rights. How to balance them with public safety concerns.

Published Jun 23, 2020.