The City of Cullman operates under a Mayor-Council form of government consisting of a Mayor and a five-member City Council. Each are elected by popular vote to serve concurrent four-year terms. Elections for City Council are normally held every four years in August. However, in 2021 the Alabama Legislature changed the date of the next municipal election to 2025 to separate it from the national elections, meaning that the current administration will serve one additional year (2020-2025). The next City of Cullman municipal election will be held in August of 2025. Thereafter, municipal elections will again be held every four years in August.
The City Council is the governing body of the City and has all legislative and policy-making powers. The City Council acts only by ordinance, resolution, or motion. They adopt an annual budget and confirm appointments made by the Mayor. Other responsibilities include appropriating and issuing bonds, awarding contracts, levying assessments against property, and leasing or disposing of City real estate.
Jenny Folsom serves as Council President, Councilmember Place 5, and Chair of the City Council General Government Committee. John W. Cook serves as Council President Pro Tempore, Councilmember Place 3, and Chair of the Public Works Committee. Brad Smith serves as Councilmember Place 1 and Chair of the Public Safety Committee. David Moss, Jr., serves as Councilmember Place 3 and Chair of the Utilities Committee. Clint Hollingsworth serves as Councilmember Place 4 and Chair of the Tourism Committee.
The City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday nights each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise announced. All City Council meetings are open to the public and can be watched live on Facebook.