Alabama local officials
|Position||Term length||Elected in|
|County Commissioner||4 years||November|
|Tax assessor||6 years||November|
|Tax collector||6 years||November|
The following are appointed positions for municipal governments according the Alabama Constitution.
|Position||Term / contract length||Appointed by||Who cannot serve|
|County engineer||Cannot exceed 5 years||County commissioners||Consulting firms|
|County surveyors (2)||3 years||County commissioners||Court must be satisfied of qualifications|
Up until the late 1970s, the predominant form of municipal government in the state of Alabama was commissions, whose members were elected either at-large or by district. In the late 1970's there were a number of court rulings that said districts must vote by mayor-council form in order to allow more opportunity for black officials. However, in 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Mobile may elect its public officials at-large.
- Project Vote Smart, Alabama local officials
- Alabama State and Local Government (dead link)
- Alabama.gov, Local government