Manager/Council Government


The City of Saint Paul is run by a council-manager form of government. Members of the council have been elected to serve for a period of three (3) years.

Under the council–manager form of government for municipalities, the elected governing body (commonly called a City Council) is responsible for the legislative function of the municipality such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, voting appropriations, and developing an overall vision.

The City Council, which is voted into office by public elections, appoints a professional manager to oversee the administrative operations, implement its policies, and advise it.
The City Manager position in this form of municipal government is similar to that of corporate Chief Executive Officer (CEO), providing professional management to the board of directors. 

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