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The City of Carbondale is a Council-Manager form of government. The legislative body is comprised of the Mayor and six Council members who are elected at-large. The legislative body establishes the policies for the City. Once policies are set by the Mayor and Council, it is the job of the City Manager and his staff to implement these policies as the executive body. The City Manager is selected by the Mayor and Council and is responsible for hiring all of the City department directors.
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The Mayor and Council are elected by voters at-large. Elections occur every four years and the Mayor and Council members serve four-year terms. There are no term limits for these elected officials.
The Mayor has several duties as the top elected official for the City of Carbondale. Some of these duties are official and other duties are ceremonial.
The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month in the Council Chambers, Civic Center, Room 108, 200 S. Illinois Avenue.