Duties of the Mayor PDF Print E-mail

The mayor is responsible for the overall operation of city government and the powers and duties of the mayor’s office are primarily:

  • Enforcing city ordinances and state statues
  • Providing city information as requested by the common council
  • Providing financial statements and the general condition of the city (State of the City) to the common council a minimum of once per year
  • Recommending, in writing, actions that they mayor considers proper to the common council
  • Calling special common council meetings when necessary
  • Supervising subordinate officers, department heads
  • Ensuring efficient government of the city
  • Filling vacancies in city offices when required
  • Signing deeds, bonds, contracts, licenses issued by the city
  • Approving or vetoing ordinances, orders or resolutions of the legislative body (common council), veto’s are subject to common council override
  • Appoint department heads, department employees, board and commission members
  • Suspend or remove officers or employees appointed by the mayor
  • Fix salaries of appointed officials and employees (except police and firefighters and appointees of the clerk or clerk-treasurer) subject to reduction by the common council
  • Conduct monthly meetings of department heads, adopt rules and regulations for individual department, and arrange for unannounced audits of the accounts of departments
  • Prepare the city budget for council review
  • In third class cities serve as presiding officer of the common council and vote only in order to break a tie
  • Solemnize marriages
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