Settled by Daniel Doty in 1791, Middletown was incorporated in 1833 and has operated under a Home Rule city charter since 1913. The city is governed by a five-member City Council, a directly elected Mayor, and four members elected "at large." The Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Council meetings begin at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the City Building's Lower Level.
City Council appoints a City Manager, who performs the duties in the City Charter. The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer and the head of the administrative branch of the city government. He/she is responsible to the council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city.
A City Clerk, appointed by City Council, is responsible for all City records, minutes of meetings and agendas for City Council meetings.
Boards & Commissions
The City Council appoints a variety of boards and commissions including the Civil Service Commission, the Park Board, the Board of Health and Environment and many others.