The council-manager form of government is the most popular structure –in the United States among municipalities with populations of 2,500 or more. It is one of several ways U.S. municipalities and counties can organize. Under this form, residents elect a governing body – including a chief elected official, such as a mayor or board chairperson to adopt legislation and set policy. The governing body then hires a manager or CEO with broad executive authority to carry out those policies and oversee the local government’s day-to-day operations.
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