Form of Government

The City of Clinton operates under a council-manager form of government. The council-manager form of government came into existence in the early 20th century as a reform of the Progressive Era. Since the first city manager in Staunton, VA in 1908, the council-manager form of government has become the most popular structure for local government in the United States.

Under the council-manager structure, the
 City Council is the legislative board of city government and includes a Mayor as the presiding officer of the Council. Through this arrangement, the City Council sets and directs policy regarding the operations of city government. The City Council appoints a city manager to administer the overall city organization.

For more information about the council-manager form of government and the role of the city manager, visit the International City/County Managers Association website or view ICMA's Council-Manager FAQ Brochure.


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