The City of Carbondale operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. The Mayor and six City Council members are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms in non-partisan elections. The City Council acts as the policy making body for City Government and hires a City Manager to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer. The Mayor is the official head of the City and with City Council consent, is responsible for appointing members to the various boards, commissions, and committees of the City.
The City employs approximately 260 full-time employees. Services provided by the City include Police Protection and Fire Protection, Development Services, Public Works, and Public Library. The City also operates, on an enterprise basis, Water and Sanitary Sewer operations, Parking System maintenance and operations, Solid Waste Collection and Recycling operations, and City-owned Rental Properties maintenance and operations.
The City has several boards and commissions that allow for broad citizen participation in the local Government. Citizens who wish to volunteer their time and participate in local Government should call the Mayor's Office at 618-549-5302, ext. 229.
Regular City Council meetings are held on designated Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m., at City Hall/Civic Center, 200 South Illinois Ave. Check the City Council Meetings Calendar for the appropriated day. All meetings are open to the public. Every agenda includes the item "Citizen Questions and Comments" to permit discussion of any topic by any citizen.