Essential Responsibilities of Local Governing Boards

Sunday, January 1, 2006

What does it mean to say that North Carolina city council members and county commissioners “govern”? Local elected officials and their public managers give a lot of different answers to this question. A common one is “Local elected officials are responsible for policy, and public managers are responsible for administration.” Although this statement is true, it fails to capture the wide range of governing responsibilities that local elected officials carry out with the support of their top-level managers. 

Upshaw, Vaughn M. "Essential Responsibilities of Local Governing Boards." Popular Government 71, no. 2 (Winter 2006): 14-25.
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Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Topics - Local and State Government