The Mayor and Council are the key political leaders who set
goals, advocate policy decisions, and serve as the promoters
and defenders of our community. Through a staggered 4-year
term, the Mayor and Council set the priorities and yearly work
plan for the departments when approving the annual budget and
determining the property tax levy.
The Council uses the City Manager and other department
staff for research and recommendations to focus on the
community’s goals, major projects, and such long-term
considerations as community growth, capital improvement plans
and financing. All final authority lays within the Mayor and
City Council for their action and approval.
In 1953, the citizens of Wood River choose to adopt the
Council-Manager form of government. Under this type of
management, the City Council and City Manager work together
for the positive growth and development of our community. For
Wood River the power to determine all policy decisions,
development and expenditures is still concentrated in the
elected Council, which hires a professional administrator to
implement its policies.
The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council and
has the responsibility for preparing the budget and directing
the day-to-day operations of the City. The City Manager only
makes policy recommendations to the Council, but the Council
may or may not adopt them or may modify the recommendations.
The City Manager implements or enforces whatever action the
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