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The Leading for Results course for Cohort 1 of LGFCU Fellows has been canceled, with all participants invited to participate in Cohort 2 or a session in 2019.

The Effective Supervisory Management Program course to be held Sept. 17-21 has been canceled.

The Development Finance Toolbox course to be held Sept. 18-19 has been canceled.

The first week of Municipal and County Administration to be held Sept. 18-21 has been postponed.

Please check our website for any other changes in course schedules.

Welcome to the School of Government's Forms of North Carolina Municipal Government microsite.  Each city, town, and village in North Carolina has its own particular form of government, initially set out in the municipal charter and subject to change by local acts of the General Assembly, and by local ordinances adopted by the governing board of the municipality.  This site includes two resources as briefly described below.

 The Current Forms of North Carolina Municipal Government part of this microsite is a searchable database that sets out the current form of government in each city, town, or village in North Carolina. The form  “Form of government,” as used in the webpage, includes the following characteristics of each city, town, or village:

1. The corporate name.

2. Whether the corporation is a city, town, or village.

3. The name of the governing board.

4. The size of the governing board.

5. The terms of office of governing board members.

6. Whether board members are elected at-large or from districts or both.

7. The election method used in the city, town, or village.

8. How the mayor is chosen.

9. The mayor’s term of office.

10. The mayor’s voting powers.

11. The form of administration used in the city, town, or village.

The Changing Forms of North Carolina Municipal Government part of this microsite is a set of materials about how a city, town, or village, or its voters, may go about locally amending its charter to change one or another characteristic of the municipality’s form of government, including a set of forms that can be used in making these amendments.

Faculty Coordinators

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David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
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Charles Edwin Hinsdale Professor of Public Law and Government
Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Topics - Local and State Government