In 1840, Howard moved to Buffalo, New York to become treasurer of the Buffalo Savings Bank.
After leaving the Army, he came to Detroit in 1836 and served in various positions, including both city and county physician, Regent of the University of Michigan, and three terms as mayor( 1840, 1841, and 1843).
From 1824 to 1857, mayors were elected to terms of one year; from 1858 to 1953 the term was increased to two years, and after 1953 mayoral terms were four years.
The first chairman of the Board, appointed on February 9, 1802, was James Henry.
After the war, a legislative act in 1815 ended the interregnum and returned political control to the citizens of Detroit through a Board of Trustees, elected yearly.
In October of that year, Solomon Sibley was elected as the first chair.
Early in its history, executive authority in Detroit resided in a series of appointed officials, elected boards, and elected officials, including a brief stint in 1806-1809 with a largely ceremonial mayor.
Detroit's current strong mayor system dates from the city's 1824 charter. See History of Detroit, Michigan, for more information about the history of the incorporation of the city.The current mayor is Mike Duggan, who was officially sworn into office on January 1, 2014.However, the fire of 1805 destroyed the town and effectively eliminated the government.Governor William Hull and Judge Augustus Woodward dissolved the original incorporation, replacing it in 1806 with a government headed by an appointed mayor.The new charter mandated that all Detroit public offices be non-partisan, and that elections to those positions would be held on a non-partisan basis, with no party designations on the ballot.