The City of Ashland, KY operates under a City Manager form of government.
In this form of government, the citizens elect a Mayor and four Commissioners to serve on the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners then appoints a City Manager who holds the position of chief administrative officer for the city. This individual is a professional who is employed by the city to run the operational affairs of the city on a day-to-day basis. The Board is voted into office by non-partisan elections and consists of a mayor, who is elected for a term of four years, and four commissioners, who serve two years each. It is responsible for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and employee appointment and termination. More information on the City Manager form of government can be found here.