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.
Our Mission: The City of Gulfport is established for the benefit of its citizens and shall provide for the health, welfare and safety of those collective persons. Special attention shall be devoted to improving the City’s appearance, maintaining public facilities and infrastructure, and ensuring citizen safety and quality of life via a fair and equitable system of citizen involvement and input. Moreover, the City shall provide a positive administration of laws and ordinances governing individual activities and requests. It is the intention of the City not to be an obstacle, but to be a vehicle for citizen’s solution to problems and individual needs. 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.