Pelham operates under a Mayor/Council Government with a City Manager by ordinance. 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 Mayor appoints with City Council approval. The City Manager presents the annual budget to the Mayor and 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 last municipal election was held August 25, 2020. All residents vote at the Pelham Civic Complex for municipal elections.
The Mayor and City Council work as a team with the City of Pelham employees to provide the public with:
A safe community in which to live and work
Services delivered courteously and professionally
Fiscal responsibility with accountability
Convenient opportunities for recreation
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.