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MAYOR-BOARD OF ALDERMEN FORM3
The mayor-board of aldermen form of government (also known as the “code charter” form) is
today used by approximately 95 percent of Mississippi’s nearly 300 municipalities, despite the
fact that this governmental arrangement is the product of a period when the functions of
1Much of the material in this chapter is derived from Dana B. Brammer and John W. Winkle III,
eds., A Manual of Mississippi Municipal Government, 4th ed. (Public Policy Research Center,
The University of Mississippi, 1987), p. 18-32. The “comments” found at the end of the
description of each form of government are extracted from Dana B. Brammer, “Forms of
Municipal Government,” in Mississippi Municipal Profile (Center for Policy Research and
Planning, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning; Public Policy Research Center,
University of Mississippi; and Mississippi Municipal Association, 1991), p. 17-24. For this 2011
edition minor revisions to the text of this chapter have been made by the editors.