The Town Council acts as the governing body of the Town, with all the regulatory and corporate powers of a municipal corporation provided under Arizona law. In general, the Town Council sets policy for the Town government by establishing Town ordinances and programs and appropriating funds for each Town department.
The Town Council consists of one Mayor and four Council Members, all elected to serve staggered four-year terms. The Mayor's position is elected and the Vice Mayor is chosen by vote of the Town Council every two years. Clarkdale Town Council elections are held in August (the Primary Election) and November (the General Election) of even-numbered years.