The City of Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is composed of five elected commissioners. There are two commissioners from each of Mount Airy's two wards, the North Ward and the South Ward. In addition, there is one at large commissioner. Commissioners serve four year terms and are not term limited. Commissioners are elected with no party affiliation.
When a new Board of Commissioners is seated after an election cycle, one of the first acts of the Board is to elect a Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Tem shall perfom the duties of the Mayor in cases of absence or inability of the Mayor to perform such duties.