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Boards, commissions, task forces, and committees are an important part of Portland’s government.
The City of Portland, Maine Code of Ordinances online copy is provided for information only.
The City of Portland operates under a Council-Manager form of government with a nine-member City Council, comprised of a popularly elected mayor, five district councilors and three at-large members. The mayor is elected by a majority of voters through ranked choice voting and serves a four-year term. The city’s five voting districts each elect one council member to represent their district and three at-large members are elected citywide. The eight councilors serve three-year staggered terms.
The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.
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As the city's top elected official, the mayor provides community leadership and develops policies to guide the city by setting strategic goals and priorities for the city with the council.
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