Liberty operates under a Mayor-City Council-Administrator form of government. The mayor is elected at large for a 2-year term and city council members are elected to 4-year terms from each of the City’s 4 wards.
The mayor and city council provide leadership in setting and achieving policy and community goals; determine the tax rate; establish the budget and hire the City Administrator and department heads.
The mayor and council are committed to the provision of efficient and equitable services essential to the quality of life we enjoy in Liberty. They welcome your views on matters of City policy and other issues of concern to you and your neighborhood.
The day-to-day operations of city government are handled by a professional staff headed by the City Administrator. The City Administrator recommends candidates for department head positions; hires and supervises all staff below the department head level; recommends the annual budget; and implements, through staff, the policy adopted by the governing body.
Liberty is one of 6 special charter cities in the state of Missouri. The most recent charter was approved by the state legislature and received by the secretary of state in 1861. The City Charter outlines the duties and authority of the City and establishes the Mayor as the chief executive officer of the City.