The governing body is the Mayor and Alderman form, consisting of seven alderman, six of whom are elected from separate precincts or wards and one who is elected for the Municipality at Large. The Mayor, who is elected at large, and the members of the Board of Alderman are elected for concurrent four year terms.
Pearl is situated adjacent to the Jackson-Evers International Airport. The airport is the state's largest and only international airport and it has 96 commercial flights daily. The Jackson-Evers Airport provides convenient passenger travel and cargo shipment worldwide. The development of the Jackson-Evers airport in Rankin County has served as a catalyst for business growth.