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Webster Groves is a Charter city with a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor, who is selected in a citywide election, is recognized as the legal and official head of government, representing the City at functions and chairing meetings of the Council. However, the Mayor has no veto power and the Mayor's vote on matters before the Council has the same weight as Councilmembers.
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When the Charter was adopted, it specified that Councilmembers should be elected "at large".
In 1954, the residents of Webster Groves chose to organize as a "Charter City" with a Council-Manager structure. This means that there is a separation between the policymaking and administrative functions of government. The City Council formulates municipal policy and appoints the City Manager to manage the operations of the City. Usually, Councilmembers deal with the various city departments only through the City Manager. S/he is responsible for developing the annual budget, recommending options and solutions to issues identified by the City Council, implementing projects approved by the Council, and planning, developing and monitoring progress to meet current and future fiscal and operational needs of the City.
There are many different ways that cities can be incorporated and municipalities in St. Louis County represent a wide variety of governmental structures. There are 38 cities across Missouri with the Council-Manager form of government. In the St. Louis County area, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Olivette and University City have also adopted this structure, among others.
Per the City Charter, the Mayor receives $25 per council meeting, not exceeding $750.00 per year. Councilmembers receive $20 per council meeting, not exceeding $600.00 per year. Elected officials receive no additional compensation for attendance at boards and commission meetings or at public functions.