Shelby County is governed by a mayor-commissioner form of government under a home rule charter that went into effect on September 1, 1986. The mayor and each commissioner serves a four-year term. Together, the administration and the Board of County Commissioners
are responsible for governing the most populous of Tennessee’s 95 counties. With a personnel staff of approximately 6,270 people, they have the direct duty of providing services for 910,100 citizens according to the 2007 estimated census data.
View Shelby County government's organizational chart
to learn about the county's operations.