The Lawrason Act is an 1898 measure of the Louisiana State Legislature which permits municipalities in the state to incorporate into towns or cities without specific clearance from the legislature.
In 1912, the Lawrason Act established a city commission government for Alexandria. The mayor under that system served as the Commissioner of Public Health and Safety (Police, Fire, Sanitation). There were separate Commissioners of Streets and Parks and Finance and Utilities, all elected citywide. The last to hold those positions, which ended in 1977, were Mayor John K. Snyder, Malcolm P. Hebert, Sr., and Arnold Jack Rosenthal, respectively. The commission form ended with a new mayor-council charter in 1977.