The City of Commerce is a Home Rule municipality with a council-manager form of government. The City Council is made up of a mayor and four council members with one member designated as Mayor Pro Tem. All members of the Council are elected at-large and serve two-year staggered terms. They are community volunteers who meet in regular meetings once a month.
The role of the Mayor and City Council is to enact local legislation, provide vision for the future of the City of Commerce, set policy, adopt the annual budget and ordinances, resolutions and policies relating to the public health, safety and welfare.
The public is invited to attend all City Council meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 1119 Alamo Street. Council meetings are also aired on KETV Channel 3.
Items for consideration by the Council are outlined in a formal agenda. The sections of this agenda include the consent agenda, acceptance of prior meeting minutes, resolutions, ordinances, other business and public presentations.
Public presentations to the Council are conducted during each Council meeting, allowing citizens to speak in favor of, against, or ask questions about matters of substantial community concern. Public presentations begin as close as possible to 6:05 p.m., are limited to 3 minutes per speaker and must conclude by 6:20 p.m.