Statesville City Government is operated by a Council-Manager form of government.
The Mayor and City Council serve part-time and are elected on a non-partisan basis. Under the council-manager form of government, the City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law and the City Manager handles the day-today management of the City organization.
The Mayor is elected at-large (city-wide) for a four-year term and serves as the presiding officer at city council meetings and as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes. The City Council appoints a professional City Manager, who serves as the Council’s chief advisor, and the City Manager appoints the employees of the City.
Iredell County's governing body is the Iredell County Board of Commissioners (the "board"), which is responsible for formulating policy, directing a number of government services and appointing members of various boards and agencies to implement specific policies or to provide certain services. The board consists of five members who are elected at-large on a partisan basis in even-numbered years. Every two years, voters choose three board members. The member elected with the fewest number of votes is elected for a two-year term, and the other two are four-year terms.