What is the role of the mayor or chairperson?

Mayors or chairpersons in council-manager communities are key political and policy leaders, and their specific duties, responsibilities, and authorities depend on the organization's charter. In council-manager communities, typically the mayor or chairperson is a voting member of the city council who:

  • Presides at council meetings
  • Represents the city in intergovernmental relationships
  • Appoints members of citizen advisory boards and commissions (with the advice and consent of council)
  • Assigns agenda items to committees
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials
  • Assists the council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions

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1. What form of government does the City of Piqua use?
2. What is the council-manager form of government, which is used today by so many cities, towns, and counties?
3. How does council-manager government work?
4. How can council-manager government benefit my community?
5. What is the role of the manager under council-manager government?
6. What is the role of the commission?
7. What is the role of the mayor or chairperson?