City Manager

Bird, Chad

Responsibilities of the City Manager

The city operates under a City Council / Manager form of government as outlined in the City Charter. The elected City Council appoints a City Manager, who serves as chief executive officer of the organization.

It is the responsibility of the City Manager's office to provide the overall direction for the city organization in accordance with policies established by the City Council. Other responsibilities are to assure that the city operations are conducted economically, efficiently, and effectively and that the City Council and citizens' concerns are addressed.

The City Manager's duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Carrying out City Council goals and policy decisions
  • Overseeing day-to-day operations of the city
  • Supervise enforcement and execution of city laws
  • Delivery of public services in an efficient manner
  • Preparing and managing the city budget
  • Attends all meetings of the City Council
  • Informing and advising the City Council of any and all city matters including financial and other conditions of the city, and of its future needs
  • Prepares an annual budget for the City Council's consideration
  • Serving as the city's representative in various arenas
  • Issues special event permits for any person, organization, company, club, etc. desirous of holding a special event on city-owned property or facilities other than the auditorium or park shelter houses
  • Applications for city boards and commissions as terms expire or vacancies occur

Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington, Iowa describes the powers and duties of the City Manager.