The City of Gulf Shores operates under a strong mayor, weak council form of government. The administration consists of a mayor and five elected “at-large” councilors who serve concurrent four year terms of office.
Policy-making and legislative authority is vested in the mayor and City Council. They are responsible for, among other things, considering local resolutions and ordinances, adopting an annual budget, and appointing members to local boards and committees.
“A clean, attractive, safe, friendly, family oriented, beachside community, with an excellent quality of life for all residents and visitors, with a protected environment and a year round sustainable economy.”
The City of Gulf Shores is committed to preserving our family friendly, small town atmosphere for our residents and visitors, while providing the infrastructure and services necessary to sustain our big beach economy.