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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From the Ballot Box: November 2018 Election Results

Three of seven communities retained and one adopted council-manager government during the 2018 midterm elections.

Council-Manager Form of Government Resource Package

ICMA's first-response information packet on professional local government management through the council-manager structure.

Professional Management Drives Local Government Efficiency and Effectiveness

Professional management and the council-manager form of government make a difference in the communities in which they are used.

ICMA Local Government Recognition

Following are FAQs concerning the process of obtaining ICMA Recognition for a local government chief appointed official position.