The City of Auburn has a Council-Manager form of government. The council-manager form of government combines the strong political leadership of an elected city council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed, professional government manager who oversees the day-to-day delivery of public services. The City Manager acts as the chief administrative officer of the city. The Manager is appointed by the City Council. 

The City Manager reviews all items to be placed on the City Council agenda and prepares appropriate reports and materials for Council review prior to City Council meetings. The City Manager initiates and monitors Council referrals through the appropriate departments.

The City Manager monitors progress on departmental goals and presents a quarterly update to the City Council.

The duties of the City Manager include:

  • preparation of the annual budget for consideration by the City Council
  • recruiting, hiring, promoting, disciplining, and terminating all employees of the City
  • supervising all city departments
  • advising and recommending action to the City Council