City Government at a Glance
Since 1929, Charlotte has operated under a Council-Manager
form of government that divides responsibilities between elected officials and
an appointed city manager.
Citizens elect the mayor and 11 council members
every two years. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a
citywide vote; seven council members are elected from districts by voters who
reside in each district. More
information about districts and maps.
The mayor and city
council are the “board of directors” of this municipal corporation. As
such, they set policy, approve the financing of all City operations and enact
ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include
appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various
boards and commissions.
city manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the
policy and decisions made by city council and oversees the day-to-day
operations of City government. It
is the city manager’s responsibility to ensure that all City services are
delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and to provide vision and
leadership to the City organization.