city manager

noun
a person not publicly elected but appointed by a city council to manage a city.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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city manager
 
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See also council-manager plan (in the US) an administrator hired by a municipal council to manage its affairs

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city manager

principal executive and administrative officer of a municipality under a council-manager system of local government. Under such a form the voters elect only the city council, which appoints a city manager to administer municipal affairs under its supervision. The council acts only collectively, and its individual members, including the mayor, have no administrative functions. The city manager, subject to the general supervision of the council, is in full charge of the administration of municipal affairs. He prepares the budget, appoints and dismisses personnel, directs the work of municipal departments, and attends council meetings in which he presents recommendations on municipal business and usually takes an active part in the discussions.

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Under this system the city council appoints a city manager who acts as the chief executive officer of the government.
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