Form of Government
Council-Manager Form of GovernmentOver 2,800 United States cities operate under the council-manager plan, the most successful and popular form of government in cities with a population over 10,000.
Some of the strengths of the council-manager form of government as opposed to a strong mayor form of government include:
- All council members have equal rights
- Obligations and opportunities
- The power is assigned to the council as a whole
- The city manager must be responsive in providing day-to-day public services to citizens
Role of City Council
- Appoint city manager on administrative ability
- Approve budget
- Establish city policy
- Legislative body
Role of City Manager
- Appoint and remove employees
- Enforce laws and ordinances
- Make recommendations to the council on general welfare of the city
- Manage day-to-day affairs
- Prepare budget
- What is the council-manager form, which is used in so many local governments?
- Is it a responsive form of government?
- What is the council's function?
- What is the manager's function?
- What is the cost to the local government of appointing a professional manager?
- Does the manager participate in policy determination?
- Where does the mayor fit in?
- Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
- Is this form of government used only in certain kinds of cities?
- How many Americans live in communities that operate under council-manager government?
- Is the form popular in large communities?
- How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?
- What is the history of the council-manager form?
- How can a community adopt this form of government?
- How is the manager selected?
- Does the manager have to be a local resident at the time the appointment is made?
- What salary does the manager receive?
- Can the manager be fired?
- Where do managers get their prior experience?