The Council/Manager form of government is a system of representative democracy that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager. Elected officials and appointed managers must reach out to citizens via community surveys and interaction with residents across the community to ensure that all enacted policies represent the betterment of the community as a whole. Citizen involvement is often widespread in communities that have adopted this form of government, through processes such as visioning to community-oriented local services.
Life, Well Run
Life, Well Run is a program designed by ICMA (see below) to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value that professional government managers bring to building ethical, effective, and efficient local government in more than 73 percent of cities, towns, and counties across America with a population of 2,500 or more. Whether it is a decision between bike lanes or parking lanes, green space or garage space, a courthouse or community center, professional local government managers, are the people behind these decisions, turning policy into action and visionary ideas into tangible results. Professional managers help make good communities great, giving us a place we’re proud to call home. To learn more, visit LifeWellRun.org.