The City of Unalaska is designated as a first-class city and is located within the Unorganized Borough. It operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The Mayor and six members of the City Council are elected at large for three-year overlapping terms. The City Council is responsible for setting vision, establishing policy, approving an annual budget and associated appropriations, and appointing a professional City Manager who advises the Council, implements policy and oversees the operations of the local government. The City Manager appoints all department directors and works closely with elected officials and City staff to develop a culture of high performance and excellence in delivery of public services. In addition to the Offices
of the City Manager and City Clerk, City departments include: Administration; Finance; Fire; Planning; Public Safety; Public Works; Parks, Culture & Recreation. Current authorized personnel strength is 168 FTE.