Municipal government is a form of democracy. Local citizens elect councils to represent their interests. Mayors are elected at large by the people while most Wardens are elected by the Council once in office. People can call, email, or speak directly to their Councillor on things they are concerned about, to ask a question, or to get information. Councils meet at least monthly to discuss important issues that impact the community. Residents are free to attend council meetings and can present issues to council at a public meeting if granted permission. Municipalities have elected members (mayor and councillors) and appointed members (staff).The head staff person is called the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). All staff reports to the CAO.
The CAO reports to the Mayor/Warden and Council. The Mayor and Council come up with ideas and staff put their ideas into action.
How long are municipal councillors elected for?
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