As Chief Executive Officer, the Mayor holds the responsibility and performs a number of services that lend to the effective operation of the City. The Mayor directs and supervises the administration of all departments, divisions and agencies of the City. Heads of departments are appointed by, and report to, the Mayor. The Mayor appoints members of numerous commissions, boards, and committees, prepares and submits legislative issues to the City Council, and directs long and short-range planning for the city in the areas of economic development, community development, research and technology, urban planning and master planning for the city.
In City government operations, the Mayor submits the annual budget and five-years capital improvement program and a public report on finances and administrative activities at the end of each fiscal year. The Mayor keeps the City Council informed as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and makes recommendations, as he deems appropriate.
The Mayor shall be required and have the power to:
Enforce all City laws and ordinances.
Appoint, suspend or, when necessary, remove for just cause all officers and employees of the City as specified by the City Charter or other law or personnel rules adopted pursuant to the charter.
Exercise administrative supervision and control over all City departments.
Speak at any Council meeting, but shall not have the power to vote.
Veto in writing any ordinance passed by the council. The council may override the veto of the Mayor if five (5) members vote in favor of the ordinance.