Mahaska County Mayor Office

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About Mahaska County Mayor Offices

The Office of the Mahaska County Mayor is where the chief elected official of a city, town, township, or other local government manages Mahaska County, IA. While the Mayor is generally considered the highest-ranking political leader of a municipality, the specific powers and duties of the Mayor are determined by local Mahaska County charter and the form of government.

You may contact the Mayor's Office for questions about:
  • Contacting the Mayor
  • Mahaska County government programs
  • County, Town and City Council
  • Government policy and planning
  • Mahaska County Mayor's Office jobs and employment
Mayor-Council Government

In a Mayor-Council form of government, the Mayor is elected separately from the members of the city or town council. In this form of government, the Mahaska County Mayor is usually the chief executive in charge of managing the day-to-day operations of Mahaska County, Iowa and its departments. The Mahaska County Mayor's Office hires and supervises the department heads, though in some cases an administrative officer may be appointed to assist the Mayor in these duties. The Mayor develops and proposes a recommended budget for the Mahaska County and has a substantial amount of authority in setting the agenda for council meetings. The Mayor presides over Mahaska County council meetings, but may or may not have a vote on the business items coming before the council. In medium to large municipalities, the Mayor in this form of government is typically a paid, full-time position.

Council-Manager Government

In the Council-Manager form of government, the Mayor is the political leader of Mahaska County but has less direct authority over the day-to-day operations and departments of the municipality. In this form of government, the management and administrative functions are delegated to the Mahaska County City or Town Manager. The Mayor has significant influence over the setting of the council agenda, presides over Mahaska County council meetings, and usually has a vote on items coming before the council. The Mayor may be elected separately from the other council members or may be the highest vote getter among the council candidates. In some cases, the Mahaska County council selects the mayor from among the elected council members.

Other Types of Mahaska County Mayor's Offices

In other forms of government, including Board of Selectmen, Commission, Town Meeting, or Representative Town Meeting, the chief elected official may be elected by the overall electorate or selected by another elected legislative body. The chief elected official in these cases may be referred to as President, Chairman, First Selectman, or another title.