Requirements to Run for Aldermen

Requirements to run for office for the Board of Aldermen and for President of the Board of Aldermen


To Run for Alderman

  • A registered voter 
  • At least twenty-five years of age
  • A United States citizen for at least five years (before their respective elections)
  • Resident of the city for three years
  • Resident of the ward from which elected for one year

To Run for President of the Board of Aldermen

In addition to the above, a candidate for the the President position must also be:

  • At least thirty years of age 
  • A city resident for at least five years


  • Aldermen receive an annual salary of approximately $72,000.
  • All receive the same pay regardless of seniority or duty.
  • Increases in compensation is based on a percentage equal to the average increases recommended by the Civil Service Commission.
  • The President's salary is approximately $80,000.
  • In addition to their salary, each Alderman is allowed a taxable $5,000 expense fund.

The Aldermen can use this money at their discretion, and they are required to report expenditures to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen. The Clerk determines the legitimate business in which the money is allowed.

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