The City of Birmingham has a mayor/council form of government with a nine-member city council. This replaced a City Commission in 1963, primarily as a way to remove Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor from power. By Alabama law, an issue before a city council must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote (Act No. 452, Ala. Acts 1955, as supplemented by Act No. 294, Ala. Acts 1965.). Executive powers are held entirely by the mayor's office.
- Birmingham City Council
- Mayor of Birmingham