The City of Malden is governed by a Mayor-City Council system of government, one of the two most common forms of local government in the United States.
The Mayor, the executive branch of Malden government is elected by the voters and serves a four-year term. The Mayor oversees a budget of $160 million and a staff of 1,300 employees across a variety of departments. The Mayor also serves as Chairperson of the Malden School Committee. The Mayor and his staff respond to resident inquiries and issues concerning all aspects of City government. The Office is also the headquarters for business strategy and development as well as communicating about the activities of City government utilizing technology to provide more efficient and improved service to the public. The City’s website is maintained from within the Mayor’s Office and the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is administered from this office.
The Malden City Council is the legislative branch of Malden government and consists of 11 members elected by the voters, one elected from each of the eight wards (Ward Councillors) and three elected city-wide (Councillors-at-Large). All terms of office are two years. The Council sets policy; adopts ordinances, orders and resolutions; reviews and approves the City's annual budget; approves or confirms appropriations, appointments and other matters proposed by the Mayor; and, performs many other legislative-related tasks.
Each year the Council selects one of its members to serve as Council President who presides over the weekly Council meetings, decides committee assignments and assures that information and Council discussion takes place in a fair and democratic way. The Council establishes its own rules, which are governed by the Roberts Rules of Order.
City Council meetings are held every Tuesday in the John and Christina Markey Malden Senior Community Center is located at 7 Washington Street. Every week is committee night where specific topics are discussed in the committee where the item is assigned. The Council meets the first Tuesday after Labor Day and continues through the adoption of the City budget, June 30th. The Council will recess for the summer but can be called back into session by the Council President.
The Malden School Committee is comprised of nine members elected by the voters. The Mayor serves as Chairperson, and eight members elected from each of the City's eight wards serve two year terms. The School Committee is responsible for the general oversight and management of the Malden Public School system. School Committee meetings are held on either the first or second Monday of the month from September through June in the John and Christina Markey Malden Senior Community Center is located at 7 Washington Street. They are open to the public and posted in the City Clerk's Office and the calendar section of this web site.