The Town of Lee has a council-manager form of government. The council is the governing body of the city elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes.  The council consists of five members and a mayor who are elected by the people as defined in the city charter. 

The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operation of the city based on the council’s recommendations.  The mayor and council as a collegial body are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget and determining the tax rate.  The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor.  Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations and hiring and firing personnel.

Typically, the mayor is recognized as the political head of the municipality, a member of the legislative body.

Council members hold their positions for a four year term with elections in November.  The election of Groups one (1), two (2) and three (3) will be held in November 2024 and  Groups four (4), five (5) and the Mayor in November of 2026.