The form of government authorized by Siloam Springs is known as the city administrator form of municipal government. The mayor, board of directors, and district judge are each elected positions. The other officials are appointed with board approval.
The mayor of a city having this type of government is recognized as the head of city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for the purposes of military law. The mayor serves as chairman of the board and presides at regular and special meetings of the board.
There are seven members constituting the board of directors. The board serves as both the legislative and executive body of the city government. A majority of the elected membership of the board of directors constitutes a quorum for the transaction of city business.
The city administrator provides leadership, coordination, control, and accountability of all municipal services and programs. This office handles the day-to-day operations of the city and serves as the liaison between the city, departments, and the board of directors.
The district judge is an elected position and the term for office is four years. This individual must be a qualified elector within the geographical area from which he (she) is chosen and must have practiced law four years prior to assuming the district judge position.
The city attorney provides legal counsel to the city and may draft resolutions and city ordinances. This attorney also attends all board meetings, working closely with the city administrator, mayor and board members.
The city clerk provides staff support for the city administrator and board members and is responsible for the agenda and records of the proceedings of city board meetings.