We want to keep you informed about what’s happening in our beautiful city. Each month, City Manager Samantha D. Abell provides to the City Council an overview about current projects, special events, and a snapshot of department activity. We hope you enjoy learning more about the inner workings of your City!
The Council/Manager Form of Government
The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 5,000 or more have adopted the council-manager form.
The Mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, determining the tax rate, and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the City’s public function. The manager is appointed by city council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The manager makes policy recommendations to the city council, but the city council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the city council takes.
Responsibilities of the City Manager’s Office
The primary responsibility of a city manager is to implement the policies of the elected City Council. In addition, in the council-manager government, the manager assumes responsibility for:
- Directing day-to-day operations;
- Preparing the annual budget;
- Overseeing personnel matters;
- Recommending policies or programs to the City Council;
- Keeping the council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the city; and
- Supplying the council with information to aid decision making
Office of the City Manager
The City Manager’s Office is comprised of:
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