Council Manager Form of Government
Oklahoma City has a Council-Manager government. This form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager.
All authority to set policy rests with a nonpartisan Mayor and City Council. The governing body in turn hires a nonpartisan manager who has broad authority to run the organization.
Oklahoma City is divided into eight geographical areas called Wards. A representative from each Ward and the Mayor are the nine members of the City Council. They are elected to four-year terms. The voters of each Ward elect a council member to represent them and the Mayor is elected at large. The Mayor and Council appoint a City Manager to serve as the City's chief administrative official. The Mayor and Council also appoint the City Auditor, Municipal Counselor and Municipal Court judges.