In a council–manager government, an elected city council serves as the city’s primary legislative body and appoints a chief executive officer called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations, to draft a budget, and to implement and enforce the council’s policy and legislative initiatives.
Job Description. A Town manager is responsible for directing a variety of administrative processes that allow a city to operate. It is their job is to implement and oversee policies crafted by city council.
City managers are in charge of all the operations that keep a city running, as well as implementing policies adopted by the city’s elected leaders. The need a degree in public administration or another related area. Salaries vary, based on the size of the community employing them.
City managers oversee all administrative tasks necessary for city operations. Hired by the city council, they supervise city departments, maintain the city budget and represent the municipality in a variety of settings. They research issues important to the city and advise the mayor and council on the best course of action. Most have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public administration, business administration or other relevant area of study. These highly trained, experienced individuals serve at the pleasure of the elected governing body and have responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council’s chief policy advisor.
|Required Education||Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public administration or other relevant field|
|Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)||6% for all top executives*|
|Median Salary (September 2019)||$90,019 for city managers**|
Depending on the size of the municipality they work for, the duties of a Town manager may vary. Those working for larger municipalities usually have a staff to help them with their workload, while managers of smaller towns perform a wider variety of tasks. Regardless of the size of their town, managers are generally responsible for budget management, department oversight, internal affairs and external relations.
Town managers monitor, report on and make recommendations regarding the town budget. They typically work with the mayor and heads of each department to make sure that town finances remain balanced. Managers prepare budget reports and deliver information to town leaders and the public regarding the fiscal state of the municipality.
The leader of each department reports to the town manager. The oversight of these department heads allows for continuity of standards and policies across all town departments. Departments include parks and recreation, fire, police, water and transportation. In many cases, town managers appoint the head of each department.
Town managers direct internal town operations and external relations. Externally, Town managers are responsible for hearing the concerns and requests of their community and bringing them to the government. Town managers must anticipate municipality needs and create programs to address them. Internally, they are responsible for implementing and overseeing policies to ensure all procedural requirements are followed. Based on research and community insight, they advise the Town council and the mayor.
Salaries for city managers vary based on municipality size. According to data collected by PayScale.com, salaries for most city managers ranged from $49,246 – $166,113 annually as of September 2019. Pay also varies based on level of education and years of experience. PayScale.com reported in September 2019 that entry-level city managers earned a median of $65,035, while managers with more than 20 years of experience earned a median salary of $135,612.
City managers oversee the function of all municipal departments, answering to the Town council. In addition to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field, they must have solid leadership, organization and communication skills. Salaries vary,depending on the size of the city, but in 2019, the median was almost $90,000.