Southfield’s residents are represented by their elected municipal officials, who are responsible for setting City government policy and serve as the direct citizen link to City Hall.
The Mayor, who serves a four-year term, is responsible for reviewing the annual budget prepared by the City Administrator and presents it, with his recommendations, to City Council for their approval. Mayoral duties include representing the City at official functions; appointing the City Planner, City Assessor, City Attorney, and members to several citizen boards and commissions; and validating all bonds, notes, contracts and Council-authorized items. The Mayor also has veto power over Council actions, with at least five affirmative votes by Council required to override a Mayoral veto.
The seven-member City Council is the City’s legislative and policy-making body. Council is responsible for adopting the annual City budget, contracts, laws, ordinances and resolutions; approving purchases, zoning and planning requests; and granting permit and license fees. Council members are elected at large to four-year terms, with the low vote-getter in each election receiving a two-year term. Elections are held biennially in odd-numbered years.
The City Clerk is the official records-keeper for the City of Southfield whose responsibilities include, but are not limited to City Council proceedings, actions, agenda items, ordinances, resolutions, licenses, birth and death records, files on easements, payback agreements and rights-of way, as well as special assessment and zoning notices. The City Clerk is the director of elections and is responsible for voter registration. The City Clerk examines and audits all accounts and claims against the City and classifies, approves, signs, and records all vouchers for payment from budget accounts. The Clerk is elected to a four-year term.
The City Treasurer is accountable for all City monies, including taxes, assessments, license fees, and water bill payments. The Treasurer helps generate additional income through the investment of municipal funds with the assistance of an investment counselor. The Treasurer also administers the Police and Fire Retirement Fund and serves as ex-officio member of several City boards and commissions. The Treasurer is elected to a four-year term.
City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. and are cablecast live on City Cable 15. Public study sessions are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are listed in the calendar and are subject to change.