Pelham has been operating under a Council-Manager form of government. Since August 2017. The Mayor serves as the policy head of the City and the City Council serves as the Legislative Body for the community. The Mayor and the five Council members are elected at-large for four-year terms as the governing authority for the City. The governing authority adopts ordinances, develops regulations, and analyzes present and future community needs.
The City Council has community-wide policy level responsibility. The day-to-day operation of the City is accomplished through an appointed City Manager and Department Heads who supervise administrative, public safety, public works and recreational activities.
The City Manager is responsible for the overall operation and supervision of the governmental functions in the City. The City Manager receives policy directives from the Mayor and City Council. As the administrative head of the City, the City Manager is responsible for the appointment and dismissal of all employees except the Fire Chief and Police Chief whom the City Council appoints. The City Manager presents the annual budget to the Mayor and the Council, including long-range goals for the operation and improvement of the City. The City Manager is also responsible for the management of the budget and long-range goals after adoption by the Council.
Pelham City Council meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The Mayor and City Council Members are elected at large for four-year terms. The municipal election was held in 2016. All residents vote at the Pelham Civic Complex for municipal elections.
The elected officials and employees recognize that if they accomplish these goals the City of Pelham will always be a desirable place in which to live and work.