What is the City 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 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.

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1. What is the council-manager form of government?
2. What is the City Council's role?
3. What is the City Manager's function?
4. What is the role of the mayor?
5. Does the City Manager participate in determining city policy?
6. Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
7. Is this form of government used only in certain kinds of cities?
8. Where can I learn more about the information found in previous questions?