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Local Government Resource Desk

Elected Officials

Term of Office

Introduction

"Term of office" refers to the length of time that an elected official serves as a member of the governing body. State law establishes the term of office for elected municipal officials, but also authorizes a municipality to prescribe a different term by home rule-charter or local ordinance. There is no limit on the number of terms that can be served, unless voters have held an election on the question and imposed such a limit.

Occasionally, an elected office will become vacant before the end of the incumbent's (the current office holder's) term, and the governing body will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat. If this happens, the person appointed only serves until the next regular election, when someone is elected to serve out the remainder of that seat's term.

Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Additional Resources Applicable Laws and Regulations

Revised 12/30/2014