The City operates under a City Manager – Council form of government. Residents elect a Mayor and four additional City Councilors which make up the City Council. The Council is responsible for enacting ordinances and resolutions which govern the City. The Mayor presides over the Council meetings. The City Council appoints a City Manager, City Attorney and a City Clerk who serve as Charter Officers at the will and direction of the City Council.
The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is charged with the enforcement of all ordinances and resolutions passed by the City Council. The Chief of Police, Public Services Director and Finance Director are appointed by the City Manager.
Andrew E. Hyatt, City Manager
To provide sound leadership and supervision for all departments, enabling them to work in the best interests of our community. To instill the City's value system among our employees and foster an outstanding level of service at a reasonable cost, and effectively implement and administer the policies established by the City Council.
The City Manager is the chief executive officer and administrative head of the City, with the responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, staffing, coordinating and budgeting of a wide variety of services to the citizens of the City. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council and is directly responsible for executing City laws and ordinances and all Council policies. The City Manager appoints the directors of all departments.
As chief executive officer of the city government, the City Manager is responsible for providing and exercising overall supervision and disciplinary control over the necessary administrative and operating staff to carry out policies established by the City Council. The City Manager is also responsible for the development of City operations by introducing for Council consideration the annual operating budget and capital improvements programs. The City Manager develops and recommends alternative solutions to community problems for Council consideration, and plans and develops programs to meet the future physical, social and cultural needs of the City. In addition, the City Manager represents the City in collective bargaining. The City Manager is responsible for execution of contracts, deeds and other documents on behalf of the City to the extent provided by Council.
The Office of the City Manager overseas all improvement projects throughout the City.
1. To satisfactorily relay City Council policy decisions to the organization and administer the decisions in day-to-day operations.
2. To maintain administrative control of all departments by reports, verbal and written communications and all matters involving daily operations of the City.
3. To conduct any special studies, information and reports as may be necessary and/or requested by the City Council.
4. To attend and participate in intergovernmental activities by via attending meetings and facilitating the exchange of information within different jurisdictions.
5. To prepare and submit a City budget each year.
6. To revitalize productivity programs to reduce costs through improved methods and procedures.
7. To support and promote State legislation in the City’s interest while actively opposing legislation that is detrimental to the City.
8. To coordinate, plan, control, and monitor the activities of agencies reporting to the City Manager to insure all policies and actions of Council and administration be carried out, (a) including the attainment of budget objective and (b) adherence to assigned deadlines for completion of projects and studies.
9. To communicate all requests for service, referral and information to appropriate City departments and to provide necessary follow-up to ensure that a response or resolution to the requests is provided.
10. Maintain a cooperative working relationship with state agencies and other local governments to resolve problems of mutual concern.
11. To emphasize and encourage organization and departmental efforts at identifying and implementing changes to improve efficiency and reduce cost.