The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to provide the Fifth Edition to the Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers. This on-line resource has been prepared to provide Georgia's municipal elected officials with a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities and to provide them with essential information regarding municipal operations and service delivery. GMA plans to update this publication on a regular basis so that its contents will continue to be accurate, current, and useful to GMA's membership and others.
Part One: STRUCTURE of MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT Effective Relations: Roles of Mayors, Councilmembers, and Appointed Officials Municipal Government Structure Municipalities: Sources and Limits of PowersMayors and Councilmembers: Powers, Duties, and RelationshipsMunicipal CourtsMunicipal ElectionsLiability of Public Officials and the CityEthics, Conflict of Interest, and Abuse of Office
Part Two: PUBLIC ACCESS and MEDIA RELATIONS Open Meetings and Open RecordsMeetings Procedure, Organization, and Public Participation (maintained by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government)Public RelationsLeaders Respond Effectively To Conflict
Part Three: MANAGEMENT of MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT Human Resource Management (maintained by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government)Contracting, Purchasing, and Sale of Municipal PropertyPlanning, Land Use, and Community DesignAnnexationEnvironmental Management (maintained by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government)Geographic Information Systems (maintained by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government)
Part Four: MUNICIPAL SERVICES Telecommunications, Cable and Video ServicesBuilding Codes and Code EnforcementPublic SafetyCommunity and Economic DevelopmentHistoric Preservation (maintained by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government)
Part Five: FINANCING and REVENUES Understanding City FinanceFinancial PoliciesMunicipal RevenuesOperations BudgetingCapital Improvements PlanningMunicipal Indebtedness
Part Six: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS Service Delivery StrategyAlternative Service Delivery Models (future)Georgia’s Intergovernmental Relations Network