The commission-manager form of government allows the city's residents to elect a five-member City Commission charged with providing community leadership and developing policies to guide the City Administration's delivery of services.
The Commission appoints the City Manager, who serves as chief administrator of the city and ensures that the Commission's policies are properly executed. The Commission also appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk.
Coral Gables' City Commissioners are elected to four-year, staggered terms, and the mayor serves for two years. These city-wide elections are held the second Tuesday in April in odd-numbered years.