The City of Mountain Brook was incorporated in 1942 and was the first city in Alabama to operate under the Council-Manager form of government. 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, rules and regulations regarding commercial and personal conduct within the City 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, and public health activities. The City Council encourages citizens to attend its regular public meetings held at City Hall on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m.
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.
The Finance Department provides financial and administrative services including budget planning and administration, human resource services, payroll processing, accounting and record-keeping services, and revenue administration and collection functions.
The Inspections Department inspects new construction and renovations to ensure compliance with the Southern Standard Building Code. Every new building and renovations to existing buildings must be inspected to ensure they do not create dangerous living or business conditions.