Information for New Officials

Congratulations on being a newly elected official. MML is both your membership league and your primary resource for information on municipal government and operations. The role of a public official is one of the few that comes without explicit instructions or a detailed job description. To increase your chances of success, there are several things you should do before you roll up your sleeves and get to work:

  • Review your municipal charter. The charter is the basic legal document that enables the municipal government to exist and act. It informs the elected official, in general, about the authority they possess or do not possess.
  • Establish an email used exclusively for conducting municipal business (i.e., communicating with constituents, other municipal officials, and MML)*.
  • Ask questions of veteran elected officials, the administrator/manager, clerk, and MML’s public policy staff to help you understand your role and responsibilities.
  • Attend one of our Orientations for Municipal Officials. This virtual webinar is a tutorial on League resources and an introduction to fundamentals of governing.
  • Join the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, the only certificate program that provides training designed to help public officials meet the every day challenges of their roles.

For exclusive access to resources, discussion threads and the League staff, contact the membership team at 410-295-9100 for login credentials to our member portal: MDCommUnity

*If the municipality does not provide you with an email account