Acity council is the legislative branch of city government. In some cities, the city council is referred to as the board of trustees, village board, or board of selectmen. Regardless of the official name, the responsibilities of city councils are similar in all cities. The roles and powers of American city councils will vary with the type of government structure that is in place in a community. In the systems model, city councils are part of the political process in which institutions and actors respond to the demands and supports in the political environment. In many cases, the city council will be the first institution to act on the demands and supporting conditions that are associated with major city issues. ...