City Managers

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What is a City Manager?

A City Manager is the chief executive responsible for the administration of city departments and the implementation of City Council policy. A City Manager is appointed by the City Council and reports to them in what is termed the Council-Manager form of government.

The City Manager supervises the city's daily operations through department directors and is expected to have professional knowledge of all city functions. In addition to appointing and directing department heads, the City Manager has general oversight of personnel processes, financial management, and other administrative matters. The City Manager is responsible for proposing an annual budget, based on City Council objectives and priorities, for review and approval by the Council. Following the adoption of the budget, the City Manager implements and monitors the budget, usually through Budget or Finance Department staff. Either as part of the annual budget cycle or through a separate process, the City Manager also proposes capital projects and ways to finance them.

The City Manager's duties include advising the City Council and making recommendations on matters that come before the Council. A City Manager may need to research, analyze, and propose solutions for implementing Council objectives, address citizen complaints, or resolve other city issues. Evaluation of city operations and proposals for improving the delivery of services are also the responsibility of the City Manager. At City Council meetings, the City Manager is expected to assist the Council in its decision making process, but the City Manager does not have a vote on the Council.

The position entails extensive public relations duties, as the City Manager coordinates with various intergovernmental and civic groups, meets with citizens in groups or individually, engages with the business community, and otherwise represents the city.

The City Manager position is prevalent throughout the United States in cities of all sizes, although large cities tend to adopt Mayor-Council forms of government and do not have City Managers. Towns and villages that adopt Council-Manager forms of government hire professionals with somewhat different titles, such as Town Manager or Village Manager, though these positions usually have job descriptions that closely resemble that of a City Manager.