The city held its first municipal election on November 4, 2008. Eddie Daffern, an organizer of the incorporation effort, was elected unopposed as Mayor. A total of seven candidates ran for the five Alderman positions. Those elected include Carol Wester, who received 70 votes, followed by Ronnie Clark with 67 votes, Bert "Bubba" Reinke and William A. York – both winning 52 votes, and Shaun Seale with 40.
As of 2000, Staples boasted a population of 350, containing a barber shop, two beauty shops, and a cafe.