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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.
A number of form-of-government initiatives were included on ballots in May and November 2017. Some are still being decided.
ICMA's first-response information packet on professional local government management through the council-manager structure.
Professional management and the council-manager form of government make a difference in the communities in which they are used.
Following are FAQs concerning the process of obtaining ICMA Recognition for a local government chief appointed official position.