Mayor & Council

In a Type A General Law municipality in Texas, the Mayor and City Council play pivotal roles in the governance and administration of the city. Their responsibilities ensure that the local government operates efficiently and meets the needs of its residents.

Mayor's Responsibilities

The Mayor acts as the chief executive officer of the municipality, with duties that include:

  1. Presiding Over Meetings: The Mayor presides over City Council meetings, ensuring that discussions are orderly and that all council members have the opportunity to participate.
  2. Executive Functions: The Mayor is responsible for executing the laws and ordinances passed by the City Council. This includes overseeing city operations and administration.
  3. Policy Leadership: The Mayor provides leadership in setting policy directions and priorities for the city. This involves working closely with the City Council to develop strategic plans.
  4. Emergency Management: In times of emergency, the Mayor has the authority to take necessary actions to protect public safety and welfare, coordinating with state and federal agencies as needed.
  5. Public Representation: The Mayor represents the city at official functions and meetings, serving as the primary spokesperson for the municipality.

City Council's Responsibilities

The City Council, composed of elected council members, serves as the legislative body of the municipality. Their key responsibilities include:

  1. Legislative Authority: The City Council enacts ordinances, resolutions, and policies to govern the city. This includes zoning regulations, budget approvals, and local laws.
  2. Budget and Finance: The City Council is responsible for adopting the city’s budget, overseeing financial expenditures, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. This includes setting tax rates and managing municipal resources.
  3. City Services Oversight: The Council oversees the provision of city services such as police, fire protection, public works, and parks and recreation. They ensure these services meet the community’s needs.
  4. Community Representation: Council members represent the interests of their constituents, addressing concerns and ensuring that community voices are heard in the decision-making process.
  5. Appointments: The City Council appoints members to various boards and commissions, ensuring that diverse perspectives are included in municipal governance.

Together, the Mayor and City Council work collaboratively to ensure the effective administration and development of the municipality. Their combined efforts aim to enhance the quality of life for all residents, promoting transparency, accountability, and civic engagement in local government.

Contact Info

Jerry Morris
Mayor
[email protected]

Shirley Thomas
Councilwoman

Caren Smith
Councilwoman

Jay Tidwell
Councilman

Mike Weempe
Councilman

Open Seat / Vacancy
Councilmember