The City features a City Manager/Council form of government. Residents elect a five-member City Council to four-year terms. The council members are elected at large and represent the entire community. The Mayor is also elected, and serves as one of the five Council members and as chairman of the Council. The City Manager is selected by the Council members and is the City's chief administrator. That individual directs staff, carries out policies set by Council, and provides advice to the Council members, but does not vote. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The City Manager/Council form developed in the early 1900s in response to complaints about politics undermining good government. Daytona Beach Shores adopted this approach since 1970.