The City Manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of the city, in a council-manager form of city government.
As the top appointed official in the city, the City Manager is responsible for most, if not all, of the day-to-day administrative operations of the municipality, in addition to other expectations.
Some of the basic roles, responsibilities, and powers of the City Manager include:
The responsibilities may vary depending upon other local or state laws, rules, and regulations.
- Supervision of day-to-day operations of all city departments and staff, directly and through department heads;
- Coordination of all hiring, firing, disciplining and suspensions;
- Preparation, monitoring, and execution of the city budget, which includes submitting each year to the council a proposed budget package with options and recommendations for its consideration and possible approval;
- Main technical advisor to the council on overall governmental operations;
- Public relations, such as meeting with citizens, citizen groups, businesses, and other stakeholders;
- Operating the city with a professional understanding of how all city functions operate together to their best effect;
- Oversees enforcement of all city ordinances, resolutions, contracts, rules and regulations;
- Work with county officials and TxDot overseeing the maintenance of roads;
- Coordinate the development of a master plan for city property;
- Attends all council meetings, but does not have any voting rights
- Additional duties that may be assigned by the council or mayor