Halstead is a "city of the second class" under Kansas statutes, but has retained the "city of the third class" governance plan that provides for an elected mayor, who serves a 2-year term, and 5 council members elected at-large for 2 and 4-year terms. The council members are determined by the vote outcome. Management of the city is delegated to a city administrator, hired by the governing body.
Municipal services include:
Weekly curbside refuse collection
The city also operates a large municipal cemetery and a mausoleum.
Electric service is furnished through Westar Energy, the cable television server is Cox Communications, and local-call internet service is available through various providers.
Vehicles & Equipment
All public service departments (including EMS, Fire, and Police) are equipped with up-to-date and sophisticated vehicles and equipment.