Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 6: Elected Officials and Council Structure and Role

Handbook Chapter

Understand the council’s role, including eligibility for office, council powers versus individual council member roles, and delegation of council power.

Published Dec 11, 2023.

Management of Personnel Files

Information Memo

Find out what records should be in a personnel file, and which should be in other special types of files.

Published Aug 25, 2023.

Firearm Regulation and Cities

Information Memo

Understand how state laws affect a city’s ability to prohibit guns on city property.

Published Jul 27, 2023.

First Amendment Concepts for Protests in Cities

Information Memo

Legal concepts related to constitutional free speech rights. How to balance them with public safety concerns.

Published Jun 26, 2023.

Adult-Use Cannabis: What Cities Need to Know

Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on what cities need to know regarding Minnesota's new law on adult-use cannabis.

Published Jun 12, 2023.

Official Conflict of Interest

Information Memo

Learn responsibilities of city officials to avoid prohibited personal or financial benefits in contracts.

Published May 8, 2023.

Administrative Search Warrants

Information Memo

Understand when and why administrative search warrants are needed in certain circumstances.

Published Feb 28, 2023.

Collaboration Services

This service for League Insurance Trust members helps city councils work together, understand roles, be transparent, and avoid conflict.

A Good Start to Good Governance

A sampling of guidance for new council members.

Published Oct 1, 2021.

Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

Resources to help newly elected city officials prepare for their new roles in city government.