FORM OF GOVERNMENT
The City of Gulfport has a Council-Manager form of government. A five person City Council is elected citywide by the voters, each for a two-year term, except for the Mayor who is elected to a three-year term. The City is divided into four wards, each of which is represented by one of the council members. The Mayor is the fifth member of the Council and is elected at-large, not representing any ward. The Mayor presides over the City Council Meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
The City Council sets City policies, including adopting the budget on or before the beginning of each fiscal year, establishing local laws, and approving large expenditures of City funds. The five members of the City Council appoint a City Manager to run the day-to-day operations of the City. The City Manager is responsible for City finances and personnel management, as well as other administrative duties.