Mayor & Town Commissioners

Council Manager Form of Government

The council-manager form of government is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.  The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.

Based on Separation of Functions:

  • Governing Board is Legislative and Policy Oriented.
  • Administration is responsibility of professional manager.


  • More Businesslike Form of Government
  • Pinpoints Authority and Responsibility

Mayor’s Role (N.C. General Statute 160A-151)

  • Very Few Formal Powers.
  • Preside at governing board meetings.
  • Voting to break a tie.
  • Sign documents on behalf of the city.
  • Can call special meetings of council.
  • Mayor and all council members are ineligible to serve as manager, interim manager, or acting manager.

Town Manager’s Role (N.C. General Statute 160A – 148)

  • Appoint, suspend, remove all employees not elected or appointed by council.
  • Direct and supervise the administration of all departments.
  • Attend all council meetings and make recommendations to council.
  • See that all state and city laws and council directions are carried out within the city.
  • Prepare and submit annual recommended budget and CIP to council.
  • Submit annual report on city finances and activities to council.
  • Make any other reports that council requires on activities under manager’s control.
  • Perform any other duties that council requires or authorizes.
  • The manager must also follow the ICMA  (International City Managers Association) Code of Ethics.

Mailing Address

Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Street Address

226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621

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