Local Government 101: Strong Mayor vs. Council Manager
There are five forms of municipal government in the United States: mayor-council, council-manager, town meeting, commission, and representative town meeting. Interestingly, all five forms can be found in various cities although most people are only familiar with the two most common ones. The council-manager and mayor-council, or “strong mayor” are the forms of municipal government that most cities have adopted.
Contention over these two forms of local government have long been a hot topic and the controversy doesn’t seem to be cooling down any time soon. With that in mind, we thought we would offer some insight into each system so that regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, you are an educated, informed citizen.