The Mayor and 4 City Council members, as the elected representatives of the City of Temple, formulate public policy to address community needs and assure orderly development in the City. The City Council is responsible for appointing the:

In its policy making role, the major activities of the City Council include adopting the annual budget which includes general objectives for the City program activities and service levels, as well as the City’s capital improvement program; reviewing and adopting all ordinances and resolutions; and approving purchases and contracts in accordance with the City Charter and state law.