In 2004, the city of Chandler hired a City Administrator and began operating under a Council/Administrator form of government. Prior to this time the City was run by the Mayor and Council.
The Council is made up of the mayor and 5 council members. All the positions are elected at large for a two-year term. The mayor and city council provide leadership in setting and achieving policy and community goals; determining the tax rate; establishing the budget and hiring the administrator and city department heads.
The day-to-day operations of city government are handled by a professional staff headed by the City Administrator. The city administrator ensures the city is run efficiently, responds to citizen complaints, hires staff, recommends candidates for all department head positions; supervises department heads; recommends the annual budget; and implements, through staff, the policy adopted by the governing body.