Gretna operates under a council / mayor form of government, with a separately elected mayor and four council persons. Council members are elected on a nonpartisan basis from two wards; all governing body members are elected to staggered four-year terms.

The mayor, with confirmation from the City Council, appoints the city administrator to manage day-to-day operations of the city. The governing body is responsible for developing policies and directions for the professional city administration.

Mission Statement
The mission of the City of Gretna is to work with our citizens to create a healthy, vibrant, and caring community through:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Providing transparent and accountable governance
  • Encouraging citizen involvement via a collective sense of community belonging and contribution to the quality of life in Gretna
  • Balancing the expectation for services with available resources and being fiscally responsible
  • Decision-making that integrates the social, economic, and environmental interests of the community
  • Development of a dynamic economy which contributes to prosperity and the opportunity to work close to home
  • Quality in customer service by fostering open and proactive communication which leads to trust and respect