The City of Grambling is governed by Mayor/Council form of government. Under this system, the mayor is the chief executive and the city council is the legislative body. The mayor is elected by the citizens of Grambling separately from the Council. The position is full-time and paid, with significant administrative and budgetary authority that includes proposal of the city budget, appointing city department directors and veto authority.
The council members are elected to their part-time, paid positions by Grambling residents. There are five members, each representing one of the city’s five districts. The council maintains legislative powers that include approving the city budget, setting the Council agenda, introducing legislation, setting city policy, and giving advice and consent on appointments made by the mayor.