The City of Rock Island is a council-manager form of local government, adopted in 1952, as a means to bring a professional, less-political approach to local government.
Responsibilities of the Mayor and City Council include:
The Rock Island City Council is comprised of seven council members given the title of Alderman. The council members serve four-year terms. Each council member represents one ward in Rock Island. Any individual wishing to be elected to represent one of the seven wards must live in that ward. For more information regarding your ward, download the ward map.