Geographical subdivisions of state government.
counties
Political jurisdictions, such as cities, villages, or towns, incorporated under state law to provide governance to defined geographical areas; they are more compact and more densely populated that counties.
Municiplaities
A local governmental unit created for a single purpose, such as water distribution.
Special District
Incorporated political jurisdictions formed to provide self-governance to particular localities.
cities
The elected chief executive of a municipality.
mayor
A municipality's legislature.
city council
An official appointed to be the chief administrator of a municipality.
city manager
A form of municipal governance in which there is an elected executive and an elected legislature.
Mayor-Council System
A municipal government in which the mayor has the power to perform the executive functions of government.
strong mayor system
A municipal government in which the mayor lacks true executive powers, such as the ability to veto council decisions or appoint department heads.
weak mayor system