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Highland Park is governed under the council-mayor form of government wherein an elected mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, and the council is legislative body.

The mayor appoints city officers such as the city attorney, the director of community and economic development, finance director, and the water department director, though, the council has the power to refuse or accept the appointments.

The city council consist of five members elected at-large who serve terms of four years. The highest vote-getter becomes council president for that term.

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