City of Monroe, MI
120 E. First Street
Monroe, MI 48161
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The City of Monroe is a municipal corporation which delivers a range of high quality services to its residents. Just as the Federal Government is guided by the United States Constitution, Monroe operates according to provisions of the Charter of the City of Monroe. The Charter establishes the organization of the city and defines the various roles and responsibilities of its elected officials and appointed staff.
The City of Monroe operates under a mayor-manager form of municipal government. The mayor is the chief executive officer of the City. The mayor is elected to a two-year term, chairs council meetings, casts votes during council meetings (but has no veto power), and is looked upon as the official leader and figurehead of the City.
The mayor, six-council members, and a clerk/treasurer are elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis by residents in a city-wide general election that decides who represents residents of six-precincts. Although elected by all voters, council members must represent the precinct in which they live so that no part of the city is underrepresented. The boundaries of the six-precincts may change every ten- years to reflect changing population patterns as reported by the Census.
The six-Council members and clerk/treasurer are also elected to two-year terms. The mayor and council are the policy-making legislative body of the City. They create policy by adopting ordinances and resolutions which must be approved by a majority of the mayor and six-council members. The ordinances, proclamations, and resolutions form the laws and policy directions that are then carried out by staff. Council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Monroe City Hall, 120 East First Street.