The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City. The Manager is selected by the City Council on the basis of training and ability alone without regard to his political preferences.
The City Manager is hired to serve the council and the community and to bring to the City the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The manager:
Carries out the council's policies
Prepares a budget for the Council's consideration
Recruits, hires and supervises the government's staff
Serves as the council's chief adviser
Council members count on the City Manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of the alternatives and long-term consequences. The City Manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them, and may modify the recommendations. The City Manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.