Where does the Mayor fit in?

Mayors in Council-Manager communities (or chairpersons in counties) are key political leaders and policy developers. Their duties, responsibilities, and authorities depend on the organization's charter. In Council-Manager communities, typically the Mayor:

  • Presides at Council meetings
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the community
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials
  • Assists the Council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions
  • Serves as a promoter and defender of the community

In addition, the Mayor serves as a key City representative in intergovernmental relations. The Mayor, Council, and Manager constitute a policy-development and management team.

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1. What is the Council-Manager type of government?
2. Is it a responsive form of government?
3. Are all Council-Manager governments structured the same?
4. What is the Council's function?
5. Where does the Mayor fit in?
6. What is the Manager's function?
7. Does the Manager participate in policy determination?
8. How much citizen participation is possible under the Council-Manager government?
9. City Manager Fee Schedule