The City of Bradenton Beach is governed by a Mayor/Commission system. The Commissioners and Mayor are elected by a city wide vote ’at large’.
The specific system of government used in Bradenton Beach is known as the ’Weak Mayor’ system. The weak mayor system sometimes utilizes a city manager to work in an administrative capacity. The Mayor administers Commission policy and directives and can vote on all matters before Commission.
In this form of the Mayor/Commission government, the Commission possesses both legislative and executive authority. The Commission may appoint officials and must approve of mayoral nominations. The Commission also exercises primary control over the municipal budget.
The Mayor and Commissioners are paid a nominal salary for their positions and without exception seek election from a sense of duty and service to the community.