As of 2014, mayors of major cities in the United States included Bill de Blasio of New York City, New York; Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Maryland; Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.; and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California, according to CityMayors.com. Voters in metropolitan areas directly elect their mayors.
Additional U.S. mayors include Mike Rawlings of Dallas, Texas, and Marty Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts. Mayors, once elected to office, address the needs of their constituents in a variety of fields, including police, sanitation, education and public transportation. Cities in the United States adhere to one of three broad categories of municipal government: mayor-council, commission or council-manager.
Depending on the type of mayoral system a municipal jurisdiction uses, mayors in a certain city may have more or less political power than their equals in other cities. The weak-mayor form of mayor-council rule is an example of limited mayoral power. With this form of municipal government, the mayor does not have the power to appoint and remove officials from chief positions in city departments such as fire, police and sanitation. Elected officials that form a city council hold important positions and keep in check the power exercised by the office of the mayor.