The Mayor and City Council make up the legislative branch of Springfield’s City government. Each of the six members of the City Council is elected by citywide vote and represents an area of town called a ward. The Mayor is also elected by citywide vote. The Mayor and City Council members serve without pay as volunteers for four year terms. They set City policy and make decisions regarding ordinances and resolutions, authorizing contracts, setting City goals, and adopting the City’s annual budget. The Mayor and City Council also appoint the City Manager, City Attorney, Municipal Court Judges, and many residents to serve on advisory committees. The Mayor and City Council guide the City staff to provide high quality, cost effective services to the residents of Springfield.