The City Council is the governing body of the City of Elizabethton. The Council hires a professional city manager to manage and direct day-to-day operations of city government. Council members select the mayor from among the members following each election. The mayor serves as the ceremonial head of the City, presides at all City Council meetings and represents the City of Elizabethton at a variety of community and public functions. The City Council sets City policy, enacts laws and adopts the City budget each year.
The regular meetings of the Council are held on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings convene at 6 p.m. The meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chamber, 136 S. Sycamore Street in downtown Elizabethton. All meetings are open to the public.
Each Council member is elected to serve a four year term.