Role of the Mayor

The mayor presides at City Council meetings and officially represents the city at special ceremonies and events. The mayor is generally responsible for the execution of local laws.

The mayor pro tem, elected by a vote of the City Council, assumes all duties, powers and obligations of the office in the mayor's absence. Together the mayor and City Council are responsible for establishing the general policies under which the city operates. These include:

  • Appointing the city managercity attorneycity clerk and members of various boards and commissions.

  • Enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders.

  • Reviewing the annual budget, setting the tax rate and approving the financing of all city operations. 

  • Authorizing contracts on behalf of the city.