The City of Sallisaw operates under a city charter and has a Council / City Manager form of government. Under this type of government, the Board of City Commissioners (the council) acts as the legislative body and is responsible for setting policy, approving annual budgets, and enacting city ordinances.
The Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners is made up of five members. Four members are elected from their respective wards in which they live. The fifth member, the Mayor, is elected at large by all the city wards. Each member serves a three-year term.
In addition to the normal duties of the Board of Commissioners, the five members of the council are also the Board of Trustees for: