The cornerstone of city government in Minnesota is the elected city council. The city council fashions the policies that determine a community's present and future well-being. Citizens look to their local government for leadership in planning and managing community development. (League of Minnesota Cities, "Handbook for Minnesota Cities," Elected officials and council structure and role, 1997, page 115.)
The City of Orono is established as a statutory "Plan A" City under Minnesota Statues.
The City Council is comprised of a mayor and four council members. Currently the mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and the council members are elected at-large for a four-year term (two each election).
Terms of Office
All terms of office in statutory cities begin on the first business day of January following an election. The terms of the old officers end at this time, or as soon as the newly elected officers qualify by taking an oath.