Many mayor-council cities have hired professional city administrators to serve under the mayor and assist with administrative and policy-related duties. By doing so, these cities seek to gain the benefits of professional management, allowing the mayor to focus greater attention on policy development, and political leadership roles and serve as a part-time Mayor.
Under the general direction of the Mayor, the City Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of the City. The Administrator is responsible for the supervision of all Department Directors, the City Clerk, Information Technology, and the Parking Enforcement Officer and also serves as the Personnel Director and Airport Manager. Further, the Administrator manages all of the inter-local agreements and contracts for city attorneys, public defenders, and animal control services.