Boston was first incorporated as a town in 1630, and later as a city in 1822. Although City Government played a major role in Boston’s development, the real spirit lies in the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of the City. Today, the City is governed by the Mayor and the City Council with the assistance of various departments, agencies and commissions.
As the Legislative body of the City, the City Council serves as the link between the citizens of Boston and their municipal government. Through the filing of legislation, the enactment of orders, ordinances, and resolutions, the Council actively represents the diverse interests of Bostonians while ensuring the efficient and cost effective delivery of services. The Council fulfills its obligation as the appropriating authority by analyzing appropriations and loan orders.
The Office of the City Clerk provides day-to-day essential services to the general public and city agencies. The City Clerk also serves as the Clerk of the City Council presiding at each City Council meeting as the parliamentarian ensuring proper protocol is adhered to during the proceedings.
The Election Department conducts all municipal, state, and federal elections within the City of Boston. The Department ensures that elections are properly managed and conducted in accordance with City, state, and federal laws. The Department also handles the registration of voters, proper maintenance of voters’ status and manages the annual listing of Boston residents age 17 and over.