The mission of the City Manager’s Office is to build and maintain, through sound management principles and community participation, an effective city government organization. The City Manager’s Office does this by:
Ensuring the effective delivery of services to all citizens and businesses
Implementing the policies and programs approved by the City Council in an efficient and effective manner
Providing the management direction and support for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all city programs
Council-Manager Form of Government
In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council usually consists of 5 to 9 members including a mayor (or council president) who is either selected by the council or elected by the people as defined in the City Charter.
The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate.
Under the City Charter, the City Council appoints a City Manager who serves as the Chief Administrative and Executive Officer of the City and is responsible to the Council for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the City under his jurisdiction.
The City Manager directs and supervises the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the City through the appointment of qualified staff who serve the City Management team. The City Manager makes recommendations to the Council concerning programs and policies and developing methods to ensure the effective and efficient operation of city services. With the assistance of the Management team, the City Manager prepares and administers an annual budget and capital program as adopted by the City Council. The City Manager sees that all state laws and City ordinances are effectively enforced and coordinates and administers the implementation of policies, procedures and ordinances that will provide for the sustainable, managed growth of the city.