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Oro Valley, Arizona, is a council-manager form of government. With a combination of elected officials who set policies for the town and professional managers who carry out those policies.
The following detail is informational only and does not represent the Town of Oro Valley. I Love OV, LLC is not affiliated with the Town of Oro Valley. The Town of Oro Valley has complete detail on the Oro Valley Mayor and City Council offices, which may be accessed via the following link, Elected Officials.
The city council is the community’s legislative and policymaking body. Power is centralized in the elected council, which, for example, approves the budget and determines the tax rate. The council also focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement, and financing and strategic planning. The council hires a professional manager to implement the administrative responsibilities related to these goals and supervises the manager’s performance.
The council members can be reached as a group by emailing email@example.com.
In council-manager communities, the mayor is a voting member of the city council who presides at council meetings, represents the city in intergovernmental relationships, appoints members of citizen advisory boards and commissions (with the advice and consent of the council), assigns agenda items to committees, facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials and assists the council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions.
The city manager is hired to serve the council and the community and brings to the local government the benefits of their training and experience in administering municipal projects and programs. The manager prepares a budget for the council’s consideration; recruits, hires, terminates, and supervises government staff; serves as the council’s chief advisor; and carries out the council’s policies. Council members and residents count on the manager to provide complete and objective information about local operations, discuss the pros and cons of alternatives, and offer an assessment of the long-term consequences of their decisions. The manager makes policy recommendations to the council for consideration and final decision. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes, and control is always in the hands of the people’s elected representatives. Appointed managers serve at the pleasure of the governing body. They can be fired by a majority of the council, consistent with local laws or any employment agreements they may enter into with the council.