The City of Memphis and Shelby County governments are not very different. They both have a mayor and a legislative body. Memphis has a mayor-council form of government. An elected mayor and 13 elected city council members govern the city. Voters living in Memphis elect the city mayor and council members.
The legislative branch of Shelby County is a 13-member Shelby County Commission, with an elected mayor. Voters from throughout the county elect the county mayor and commissioners, including persons living within the City of Memphis.
Shelby County is served by 17 representatives in the state House of Representatives, and 6 senators in the State Senate.