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Government in Tyler and Smith County

City of Tyler

The Tyler City Council is comprised of a Mayor elected at-large and six single member district Council members who are elected for two-year terms to represent the residents of the City of Tyler. They can serve for a total of three terms.

The City Charter of Tyler provides for a Council-Manager form of local government. The Mayor and Council members function as the policy-making body of the city's government, determining the overall goals, objectives and direction for city services, and adopting the annual operating budgets for all City departments. The City Manager oversees daily operations of the city government.

The Tyler City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Avenue.

Smith County

Tyler is the county seat of of Smith County. The Smith County Commissioners Court consists of a County Judge elected by the voters of Smith County, and four Commissioners elected by their respective precincts.

Smith County stretches over 932 square miles, and has 1,273 miles of county roads, nine incorporated cities, and 18 taxing entities.

Smith County government is composed of 48 departments, including 26 elected officials and 16 department heads. Smith County has approximately 900 employees.

County services and responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining county roads
  • Operating the judicial system
  • Registering voters and holding elections
  • Maintaining public records
  • Participation in economic development incentive and programs
  • Providing health and social services to the indigent
  • Assisting Veterans and their dependents w/ benefit/entitlement claims
  • Providing law enforcement
  • Building and operating jails
  • Issuing vehicle registrations
  • Collection of property and sales taxes

Links to Local and County Government Websites

City of Tyler official website
City of Tyler Police Department
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
Tyler Transit

Smith County
Smith County Sheriff
Smith County Appraisal District (SCAD)
Smith County Elections & Voter Info
Smith County Emergency Services District
Smith County Jury Duty
Smith County Vehicle Registration

North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority & Toll 49
North East Texas Public Health District

The Tyler City Hall, Downtown Tyler, Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
The Tyler City Hall, Downtown Tyler, Texas

Sign on entering Smith County Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Smith County Texas sign

The Smith County Courthouse on Broadway Avenue, Downtown Tyler, Texas
The Smith County Courthouse on Broadway, Downtown Tyler, Texas