Strong Mayor-Council Institute

structure + people = government

FORMS OF CITY GOVERNMENT
There are two different structures of government that most cities utilize, either the Mayor-Council system or the Council-Manager system.

”STRONG” MAYOR-COUNCIL
Under this system the Mayor is the chief executive and the City Council is the legislative body.  This system is modeled after the Federal Constitution structure of government. 

MAYOR
Chief Executive

CITY COUNCIL
Legislature

  • Not A Member Of The City Council
  • Proposes City Budget
  • Appoints Department Directors
  • Veto Authority
  • Elects Own Presiding Officer
  • Sets own Agenda
  • Approves City Budget
  • Mayoral Veto override authority

COUNCIL-MANAGER
Under this system the City Council is the legislative body and an appointed City Manager is the Chief executive.  This system is modeled after the corporate structure of governance.


CITY COUNCIL
Legislature

CITY MANAGER
Chief Executive

  • Appoints City Manager
  • Approves City Budget
  • Mayor Is City Council Chairperson
  • Proposes City Budget
  • Appoints Department Directors
  • Sets City Council Agenda