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Local Government Resource Desk

Elected Officials

Responsibilities of the Mayor, Council, & Assembly


Municipal government is divided into two branches: legislative and executive. Together, the legislative and executive branches form a team to do those things required by law, necessity, and/or custom to provide governance to a community. The legislative branch is the municipality's governing body, which makes the rules through adoption of ordinances and/or policies and procedures that are then implemented or acted upon by the executive branch. For a city, the legislative governing body is the city council; for a borough, the legislative governing body is the assembly. The executive power of a municipality is vested in the mayor.

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Revised 12/30/2014