Form of Government

Form of government refers to the legal structure under which municipalities and counties in the United States organize, e.g., the council-manager vs. the mayor-council form of government. The topic also refers to governance issues and how a local government operates.

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Research & Reports

ICMA Survey Research: 2018 Municipal Form of Government Survey

Summary of Survey Results

Municipal Form of Government by the Numbers

This month's "facts and stats" blog looks at recent results from the 2018 ICMA Municipal Form of Government Survey.

Form of Government Statistics - Counties (2014)

CAO Salary and Compensation Survey

ICMA's annual CAO Salary and Compensation Survey is now a member benefit. Members will have exclusive access to detailed results, available this fall.

The Latest from ICMA

ICMA Releases New Council-Manager Video

This two-minute animated video explains the benefits of council-manager government and professional local government management.

Revisiting Forms of Government

The council-manager form of government promotes professionalism and democratic values.

Professionally Managed Communities Dominate List of Healthiest for 2019

Seventy percent of the top 10 healthiest U.S. jurisdictions ranked by U.S. News & World Report are professionally managed.

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