The City of Richmond operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The mayor, elected at large by a majority of voters in at least five of the City's nine council districts, represents the entire city and serves full-time in a four-year term of office.
The Mayor acts as a chief executive officer (CEO) with responsibilities that include submitting the annual budget to City Council, selecting a Chief Administrative Officer, issuing regulations and making recommendations on revenue and funding transfer matters.
City Councilâ€™s nine members are elected to part-time, four-year terms by voters of their respective districts. Councilâ€™s responsibilities include levying taxes, adopting the annual budget, setting policies for the City and appointing members to various boards and commissions.
Other locally elected officials include the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Commonwealth's Attorney, the Sheriff and the Treasurer.
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), appointed with the approval of City Council, is responsible for day-to-day municipal operations and is answerable solely to the Mayor.
A member of City Council, chosen by a majority of peers, presides over the Council meetings.
An elected Richmond School Board is responsible for the City's educational program. The school system is a separate administrative organization headed by a Superintendent. – less – More from ZoomInfo »