What is the role of the mayor?

Mayors in council-manager communities are key political leaders and policy developers. In the case of the council, the mayor is responsible for soliciting citizen views in forming these policies and interpreting them to the public. The mayor:

  • Presides at council meetings
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the community
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials
  • Assists the council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions
  • Serves as a promoter and defender of the community

In addition, the mayor serves as a key representative in intergovernmental relations. The mayor, council, and manager constitute a policy-development and management team.

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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?