Council-Manager Form of Local Government

The City has a council-manager form of government, which combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (the City Commission) with the professional managerial experience of an appointed government manager. The council-manager form of government establishes a representative system where all political power is concentrated in the council or commission as a whole rather than divided between a mayor and the other elected officials. In Mt. Pleasant, the City Commission is made up of seven non-partisan members, each elected at-large. The Mayor is a member of the Commission and is selected on an annual basis by his or her colleagues.

A City Manager is appointed by the Commission and assumes the role of a chief executive officer. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City's business and executing the policy direction of the elected officials.