The Town of Pantego is not divided into districts. Therefore, the Mayor along with each member of the Town Council is elected at large (serving the entire community) by plurality vote for staggered two-year terms. Plurality simply means that the candidate receiving the most votes wins. In elections decided by a majority vote, a single candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast to be elected. Elections are held annually in May, with Places 1, 2, and 3 appearing on the ballot in even-numbered years; and the Mayor and Places 4 and 5 in odd-numbered years. Following the canvassing of the May election, the Council elects one of its members to serve for the coming year as the Mayor Pro Tem, who has the authority to preside over meetings in the absence of the elected Mayor. The Mayor and Council are responsible for appointing the following professional staff: City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney, and Municipal Judge. The Council also has sole authority regarding the creation, appointment, and continued service of all standing and ad hoc boards and commissions.
The public is encouraged to attend the Council's regular meetings on second and fourth Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall (1614 S Bowen Road) and special sessions, which are scheduled as needed. Interested parties can subscribe to calendars and agendas, which will be posted no later than seventy-two (72) hours before the meeting.