FORMS OF CITY GOVERNMENT
There are two different structures of government that most cities utilize, either the Mayor-Council system or the Council-Manager system.
Under this system the Mayor is the chief executive and the City Council is the legislative body. This system is modeled after the Federal Constitution structure of government.
It is my believe that the form of government we should have for the City of Surprise is the Strong Mayor-Council system.
Strong mayor-council governments reflect the organization of most state governments. The mayor is the city’s chief executive, while the council is the city’s primary legislative body. The general characteristics of strong mayor-council governments are as follows:
|The mayor may appoint and remove departmental heads. The mayor drafts and proposes a budget to city council. The mayor possesses veto or line-item veto power. The mayor officially represents the city on the state, national and international levels. The mayor exercises oversight of the city’s day-to-day operations. The mayor enforces city laws and ordinances. The mayor is not a member of city council.|