Council-manager government at 100: Growing and making a difference

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" With the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the city manager position in Staunton, Virginia, which ultimately led to the council-manager form of government, it is appropriate to take stock of what the form means, its current status in local government, and its continuing significance. Some suggest that the time of substantial growth is over (and reversals may be coming) and that changes in structure and politics make the council-manager and mayor-council forms indistinguishable.

Furthermore, there are signs of unease among local government managers about the future of professionalism. The arguments presented here are that form continues to make a difference and the use of the council-manager form is still growing. Despite challenges that the council-manager form and professionalism generally face in local government, the future is bright."

Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Topics - Local and State Government