Petersburg is governed by a seven-member City Council. The city has been divided into seven wards. Each ward represents a proportional number of residents. Members of City Council are elected from each ward by a majority of the people voting in an election. You must be a registered voter living in the ward to participate in an election for a city council member.

Elections for Petersburg's City Council are non-partisan. There are no primaries and no political affiliation with elections to City Council. City Council elections are held on even-numbered years on the first Tuesday in May. The term of office is four years.

The city of Petersburg has a Public Works system that is in charge of city snow removal, beautification, drainage, leaf collection, traffic maintenance, recycling and road maintenance. The Petersburg Public Works implements many programs in order to keep Petersburg in great condition.

The Petersburg Police Department is composed of over 70 officers and is dedicated to keeping Petersburg a safe place to live. "It is the mission of the Petersburg Bureau of Police to improve the quality of life for the residents of Petersburg through sensitive and effective service. This will be accomplished through bureau-wide interaction in the community, with an emphasis on promoting citizen involvement, and facilitating the constructive exchange of ideas and concerns."

The Petersburg Fire Department provides emergency services to the community of Petersburg. The dedicated firefighters work in various shifts, ready to handle any emergency.

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