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What is a Mayor?

The mayor is the highest ranking elected leader of a town, city or county. The mayor's office is usually located in the main government building of a city or town, often called a city hall or town hall, and is a central location for local politics. The amount of power that the mayor holds and his relationship to the city council are dependent on which system of government that municipality uses. Since the mayor holds the highest elected position within municipal government, his/her office is always the central hub of political action. In any system, the mayor will have a role in making policy, but the system of government will determine how much he or she has over the other council members.

A Mayor is responsible for

  1. Overseeing financial, operating, and policy decisions. The mayor of any town or city serves as the leading elected official. He or she makes important decisions regarding the management of operations and budgets, and implements policies.
  2. Planning. The mayor helps the community set goals and make progress toward a better future. The council also has plenty of responsibility, but it's often up to the mayor to make final decisions.
  3. Public relations. The mayor is the public face of the community, and often represents the community when dealing with state and federal agencies. He or she must also maintain a close relationship with all constituents and community members. It's up to the mayor to ensure that the public is kept informed and engaged.
  4. Working with the council. The mayor is responsible for working with other city council members, as well as other elected officials statewide.
  5. Managing public safety. The mayor helps organize and plan emergency services such as ambulances, police, and the fire department.

Are there different types of Mayors?

Yes, the role of a mayor varies widely, depending on the size and location of the municipality. Some mayors are extremely active in managing day-to-day operations and making policy decisions, while other mayors, such as those in very small communities, have only a ceremonial role with part-time responsibilities.