About St. Louis City Elected Positions
Information for voters about the function and role of each elected office.
In the City of St. Louis, 11 city and county positions are elected offices. Each person elected to office serves a four-year term. Read more about each office and what the duties of each official are.
The Board of Aldermen is the legislative body of the City of St. Louis. The Board of Aldermen creates, passes, and amends local laws, and approves the City's budget every year. There is one alderperson from each ward in the City, and a President of the Board.
When the Board of Aldermen is in session, it meets weekly.
President of the Board of Aldermen
The President of the Board is the second highest ranking official in the City, behind the Mayor. The President sets the agenda for meetings of the Board of Aldermen, presides at sessions and meetings of the Board, and assigns bills to committees. The President also serves on the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
The Circuit Attorney is elected by its citizens as the prosecutor for state-level criminal cases in the City of St. Louis.
Collector of Revenue
The Collector of Revenue's office is responsible for collecting real estate and personal property taxes, water-refuse bills, and earnings and payroll taxes for the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the Collector of Revenue's office performs candidate clearance for the Board of Election Commissioners.
Within each political party, there is one Committeeman and one Committeewoman elected to represent each ward.
There is no defined set of duties for a Committeeman or Committeewoman. However, Section 115.605 of the MO Revised Statutes states that each party committee is selected "for the purpose of representing and acting for the party in the interim between party conventions."
The Comptroller serves as the Chief Fiscal Officer (CFO) of the City of St. Louis and is a member of the executive branch of city government and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Comptroller is a city-wide elected official and directs their staff to assist in the city's daily financial operations and economic development strategies.
The Office of the License Collector manages all business licensing in St. Louis. All businesses operating in St. Louis must apply for a business license, and they must maintain that license the entire time the business is in operation.
The mayor of St. Louis is the chief executive officer of St. Louis's city government. The mayor has a duty to enforce city ordinances and the power to either approve or veto city ordinances passed by the Board of Aldermen. The Mayor also serves on the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
Recorder of Deeds
The Recorder of Deeds maintains birth, death, land, marriage records, and archival records for the City of St. Louis. The office also issues new marriage licenses.
The Sheriff's office is responsible for the security of the courtrooms of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court, serves court papers and eviction notices, manages land tax sales, and issues concealed weapon permits.
The Office of the Treasurer provides the city’s banking, investment, parking, and financial empowerment services. The Treasury Department controls and monitors all the bank accounts of the City, issues all payroll checks, deposits funds for federal and state taxes, funds for savings bonds and other payroll deductions.
The St. Louis Office of Financial Empowerment is a public-private partnership that helps citizens make better financial decisions.