Form of Government
The council-manager form of local government 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. Approximately 59% of US cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47% of US cities with populations of 5,000 or more, have adopted the council-manager form.
Role of City Council
The Mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, determining the tax rate, and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the City's public function. The manager is appointed by council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.
For more information on the Des Moines City Council, when meetings are held, how to contact a council member, council agenda information and council appointments - click here.
City Manager's Office Divisions
The City Manager's Office consists of the following divisions:
The City Manager and City Manager's Office staff administer the City budget and direct the day-to-day operations of the City.
The Office of Economic Development is dedicated to meeting your business needs by focusing our resources and implementing creative approaches to assure the success of your project. Services provided include the following:
Confidential building and site selection assistance
Public Information Office
Public Information Office functions as the central resource for City communications.
The Facilities Division is responsible for the operations and maintenance of City Facilities. We strive for efficient operations of our buildings, while providing attractive, clean, accessible, safe and sustainable environments for our citizens and staff.
Fleet Services Division
The Fleet Services Division serves all City departments, by acquiring new vehicles and equipment, while providing preventative maintenance and repair work required to support safe and efficient delivery of services to our citizens and staff.