Role of the City Manager
As the chief executive officer of the city organization, the city manager is responsible for the daily administration of the city’s operations and affairs. The city manager is hired by the governing body to serve the community and bring the benefit of his or her education, training, and experience in managing local government organizations, projects, and programs.
City Manager Duties
The city manager is responsible for all city employees. Responsibilities include supervision of all city departments, projects, and programs, and ensuring service delivery to the public. The city manager is also ultimately accountable for the city’s finances, including presenting an annual budget for city commission approval. The city manager:
- Supervises all of the city’s departments and employees
- Serves as the city commission's chief advisor and carries out the city commission's policies
- Implements and enforces the policies established by the elected officials
- Recruits, hires, disciplines, and fires employees
- Prepares a budget for the city commission's consideration
- Fulfills a leadership role in the community as a means of advancing the interests of the city
Commission members and citizens count on the city manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives and long-term consequences of decisions and policies. The city manager relies on city staff to provide professional and well-reasoned information and recommendations, and the highest level of public service possible.