The Town of Salina was originated in 1858 under the Town and Village Act in the State of Kansas. Salina became a City of the First Class on July 9, 1920 and has had a Commission-City Manager form of government since 1921.
The Commission is comprised of five members elected at large. Each year the Commission chooses one member to act as Mayor.
The City Manager is appointed by the Governing Body and acts as its chief executive and primary agent in accordance with state law. All employees (approximately 456 full-time) are appointed by the City Manager.
The Governing Body is responsible for the policy determination and the City Manager is responsible for the administration of the municipal government.
The City Commission meets weekly on Monday afternoons. An informal study session with the City Manager and staff, for background information to the Commission on issues not scheduled during that afternoon's City Commission meeting, generally begins around 2:30 p.m. No formal action is taken by the Commission in these study sessions. At 3:45 p.m. a citizen's open forum is held.
The formal City Commission meeting begins at 4:00 p.m. in Room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash Street. All formal actions, including ordinances, resolutions, zoning cases, etc. are considered at the 4:00 p.m. meeting.
All meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities and can accommodate the hearing impaired. The local government access television channel (Channel 20) broadcasts the City Commission meeting live and then replays the meeting later that night.