TML Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

You're a new mayor or councilmember with a healthy list of priorities, so where do you start?  These resources from the Texas Municipal League will help you understand your legal and governance responsibilities so you can tackle your top priorities with confidence.


Legal Services

Get the answers you need so that you can lead by connecting with the League's legal services.


Essential Training for Newly Elected Officials

TML offers a comprehensive training program for newly elected city officials that will give you the knowledge and tools you need to jumpstart your term.

Training Events

Elected Officials’ Conference

TML Annual Conference and Exhibition


Open Meetings Act Training (required)

Public Information Act Training (may be required)


Certification Program for Elected City Officials

The Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) recognizes and rewards elected city officials for time spent on professional development.


Essential Reading for Newly Elected Officials


From key legal requirements to a revenue guide, these publications will keep you up to speed on your duties as a city official.

A Guide to Becoming a City Official

Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers

How Cities Work

Key Legal Requirements

TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities

Understanding Your Personal Liability as a City Official:  A Primer



Texas Town & City, the League’s member magazine, includes helpful articles on city government topics.  Here are a few articles written for newly elected officials. 

The ABCs of a Successful First Term on City Council

30 Tips for Newly Elected Mayors and Councilmembers

You and Your City Attorney


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