What is the manager's function?
The manager is hired to serve the council and the community and to bring to the local government the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The manager prepares a recommended budget for the council's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the council's chief adviser; and carries out the council's policies. Council members and citizens count on the manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and long-term consequences. Managers formed a professional association, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in 1914 to help share expertise and experiences in local government management to best serve their communities.

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1. Can the manager be fired?
2. Do managers participate in local politics?
3. Does the council/manager plan take only one form?
4. Does the manager have to be a local resident at the time the appointment is made?
5. Does the manager participate in policy determinations?
6. How can a community adopt this form of government?
7. How is the manager selected?
8. How many Americans live in communities governed by the council/manager plan?
9. How much citizen participation is possible in this system?
10. Is it a responsive form of government?
11. Is the plan popular in large communities?
12. Is there another organization that supports council/manager government?
13. Is this plan used only in certain kinds of cities?
14. What else does the Code of Ethics cover?
15. What is ICMA?
16. What is the cost impact on the local government of appointing a professional manager?
17. What is the function of the council?
18. What is the history of the council/manager plan?
19. What is the manager's function?
20. What salary does the manager receive?
21. Where do managers get their prior experience?
22. Where does the mayor fit in?