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Resource Library


The Minnesota Mayors Handbook is a starting point for all you need to learn to be a successful mayor.

The Handbook provides information for mayors about:

  • Legal powers and responsibilities within the structure of their form of city government.
  • Practical tips on meeting management.
  • Guidelines for inspirational and ethical leadership of their council and their community.

This Handbook is a product of the Minnesota Mayors Association (MMA) in cooperation with the League of Minnesota Cities. MMA dues support this and other valuable interaction among Minnesota mayors to help them provide excellence in city governance.

View the Minnesota Mayors Handbook (pdf)

The Handbook is a summary resource for practical and legal issues concerning Minnesota city mayors. Appendices are suggested approaches but may be tailored to individual city needs. The Handbook contains general information and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice; for legal advice, the city should consult its attorney.


Most Popular Resources

  • Budget Guide for Cities (pdf)
    This guide, which contains 2014 legislative changes, is intended to assist city managers, clerks, finance officers, and elected city officials in preparing 2015 city budgets. It includes state and federal laws affecting city budgets, information about standard city expenditure items, descriptions of city revenues, and more.
  • Meetings of City Councils (pdf)
    Learn the ins and outs of city council meetings, including types of meetings, the Open Meeting Law, notice requirements, scheduling, attendance, minutes, procedure, motions, and model bylaws. Especially helpful for newly elected officials, but a great reference for all mayors and city councilmembers.
  • Public Purpose Expenditures (pdf)
    Find out the general criteria a public expenditure must meet to be valid. This publication includes discussion of specific expenditures and whether there is specific authority for cities to make them.