Welcome to the City of Cape Girardeau

Mission
The City of Girardeau, the regional hub of Southeast Missouri, will actively provide and promote a safe, innovative climate through city services that enhances the quality of life for its citizens and our region. 

Form of Government
Under the Council/Manager form of government, the Mayor and City Council establish policy and law in Cape Girardeau. The Mayor and City Council appoint the City Manager, and the City Manager appoints all but a few of the employees (Municipal Judge, City Attorney, and City Clerk). The Mayor is elected at large for a four-year term, and the six City Council Members are elected from wards for staggered, four-year terms. The Mayor and City Council members serve part time.

City Manager
The City Manager is the CEO of the city government and handles the day-to-day management of the City organization.  When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance, law, or policy, the City Manager is responsible for implementing those policies.

Management Support Staff
The City Manager's Office coordinates the operations of the City’s service departments and divisions. The City Manager is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council. The Annual Budget as adopted by Council provides funding, staffing, and general guidance to the City's departments for the fiscal year.

  • Contact Info
  • 401 Independence, PO Box 617 Cape Girardeau, MO  63703
  • Telephone 573.339.6320
  • Email cityclerk@cityofcape.org