As the administrative head of city government, the City Manager is appointed by the City Council to:
Appoint and supervise all City department heads
Direct daily operations of the City
Enforce municipal laws
Make recommendations to the Council
Prepare and observe the municipal budget
The City Manager is responsible for implementing policies adopted by the City Council, for preparing and submitting the annual budget, and for administering the day-to-day operations of the City.
ICMA Code of Ethics:
The mission of ICMA is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. To further this mission, certain principles, as enforced by the Rules of Procedure, shall govern the conduct of every member of ICMA, who shall:
1. Be dedicated to the concepts of e ective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
2. Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government a airs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
3. Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
4. Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all of the people.
5. Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials.
6. Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members.
7. Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.
8. Make it a duty continually to improve the member’s professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
9. Keep the community informed on local government a airs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
10. Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.
11. Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member’s decisions, pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.
12. Public o ce is a public trust. A member shall not leverage his or her position for personal gain or bene t. Adopted by the ICMA Executive Board in 1924, and most recently revised by the membership in April 2015.