About the Mayor:

The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of a city and often acts in a ceremonial role for the city and as the city’s spokesperson. The Mayor runs City Council meetings. The term is for four years.

The Basics of the Mayor:

The Mayor’s function in a city or town is similar to a Governor’s function in a state. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of a city and often acts in a ceremonial role for the city and as the city’s spokesperson. The Mayor runs City Council meetings, working with the Council to set policy. The term is for four years.

Detailed Rules and Responsibilities of the Mayor:

The Mayor’s function in a city or town is similar to a Governor’s function in a state. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of a city and often acts in a ceremonial role for the city and as the city’s spokesperson. The Mayor oversees the city’s administration and operations, although in some cases the appointed City Manager handles daily operations and staff. The Mayor runs City Council meetings, working with the Council to set policy. Unless stated otherwise on a city’s charter, a Mayor does not have the power to veto ordinances passed by the Council. The Mayor, however, does have the power to declare a state of emergency. The term is for four years.


Additional Information

Definitions provided by Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.