Webster City operates under a Council/Manager form of government as provided under state law and has done so since 1915. Webster City was one of the first in the nation to operate under this form of city government and is one of only a handful in Iowa to do so.
From the Code of Iowa
372.6 Council-manager-at-large form.
1. A city governed by the council-manager-at-large form has five council members elected at large for staggered four-year terms. At the first meeting of the new term following each city election, the council shall elect one of the council members to serve as mayor, and one to serve as mayor pro tem. The mayor is a member of the council and may vote on all matters before the council. As soon as possible after the beginning of the new term following each city election, the council shall appoint a manager.