Monday, January 9, 2017

Helpful Resources for New City Officials

What do new city leaders need to know before starting their terms?

This month, thousands of elected officials in Minnesota will start their terms as councilmembers and mayors. Some come with lots of local government experience, but many still have a lot to learn.

Plain-language translation: This job is more complicated than many people think. Here are some helpful resources to make sure you are being the best councilmember or mayor you can be!

  • Take the oath of office.
  • File any campaign finance reports required.
  • Learn about the laws that apply to your statutory city or charter city. Get familiar with your city’s ordinances.
  • Recognize your limitations. This may be legally as a councilmember or in terms of time as an individual.
  • Know what your constituents see as the city’s biggest priorities.
  • Get acquainted with city staff who you will be working with regularly.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Identify where you need help and ask for it! 

Let us help! Attend one of our Newly Elected Officials: 2017 Leadership Conferences, use our resources (linked below), and call Research if you have a question.


Research Department can be reached at, or by calling (651) 281-1200 or (800) 925-1122.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us—we're here just for you. Happy new year, and best of luck in your new leadership positions!

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