Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Council/Manager plan only take one form?
No. One of its most attractive features is that it is adaptable to local conditions and preferences. For example, some communities have councils that are elected at-large while other councils are elected by district. Some local governments have mayors who are elected by the voters at-large; others are elected by their colleagues on the council.
Do Managers participate in local politics?
All managers belonging to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) are bound by its Code of Ethics, which states that every member of the association shall refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body, and from all partisan political activities which would impair performance as a professional administrator.
Can a Manager be fired?
Managers serve at the pleasure of the council or governing body. They can be fired by a majority of the council, consistent with local laws, ordinances, or employment agreements they may have with the council. Control is always in the hands of the elected representatives of the people.
Does the manager have to be a local resident?
No. Local residence should not be required in the appointment of a manager. Managers are professionals who might serve several communities during their careers, bringing extensive experience coordinating public services and applying management techniques to a community.
Does the Manager participate in policy decisions?
The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may change or modify them. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.