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SOURCE: Kenneth Taylor ( SUBHEAD: Meeting on subject of Kauai referendum on replacing mayoral politics with a county manager-council system. Image above: Boss William Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall, the home of the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City. Mayoral politics... what could possibly go wrong? From ( WHAT: Tasked with reviewing proposals to change the existing form of county government to a county manager system, members of the Charter Review Commission Special Committee on County Governance are seeking input from Kaua‘i residents. The public is invited to provide their perspective on these proposals at upcoming community meetings: WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 6 pm, Līhu'e Neighborhood Center (old) Thursday, June 17, 6 pm, Hanapepe Neighborhood Center Following the meetings, the Special Committee on County Governance will submit a report with its recommendations to the entire Charter Review Commission at its June 28 meeting. The Special Committee is comprised of three-members: Patrick Stack, chair; Joel Guy; and Jan TenBrugggencate. Anyone with special needs requiring an American Sign Language interpreter or an auxiliary aid to participate in any of these meetings should contact the Boards and Commissions Office at 241-4922 at least five business days prior to the meeting. To access the county manager proposals, please go to the county website, and navigate to the Boards and Commissions page or call the Boards and Commissions Office.
Council-Manager Resource Material By Robert J. O’Neill, Executive Director of ICMA - (

The collection of articles, statistics, and other information—grouped below as ICMA’s Council-Manager Form Resource Packet—will assist you in helping residents, elected officials, and business leaders within your community gain a better understanding of the value that professional management brings to our cities and towns.

ICMA's origins lie in the council-manager form of local government, which combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (in the form of a council, board, or other governing body) with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government manager or administrator. Under this form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. These highly-trained, experienced individuals serve at the pleasure of the elected governing body and have responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council's chief policy advisor.

Although ICMA actively promotes the council-manager form as the preferred structure, the organization also supports professional management in all forms of local government.

We invite you to use these materials as part of your council-manager form adoption and retention efforts. Click on the link to the packet components and you will be taken to ICMA’s Resource Center, where you will find a description of the material and one or more downloads. In addition to the materials contained in the Council-Manager Form Resource packet, scroll further down this page for a list of other resources, or contact Jared Dailey, assistant program manager, at, for more information on form-of-government issues.

Launching an educational or promotional effort in support of the council-manager form can be difficult, but we hope you find these materials useful. Thank you for helping ICMA advocate the value of professional local government management and good luck with your efforts!


Brochure: Council-Manager Form of Government: Frequently Asked Questions (brochure)

Forms of Local Government Structure

Sample Ordinance for Establishing a Manager’s Position

Article: Taking Stock of the Council-Manager Form at 100


Brochure: Professional Local Government Management: The Benefits to Your Municipality (brochure)

Article: How Professionals Can Add Value to Their Communities and Organizations

Questionnaire for Determining Value of Professional Administrator/Manager

Article: The Mayor-Manager Conundrum That Wasn't

Article: Council-Manager or "Strong Mayor": The Choice is Clear


How Professionals Save Local Governments Money

Article: Money Magazine's Best Places to Live (2008) and Statistics

Article: San Antonio's Bond Rating


Form of Government Statistics (2009)

Form of Government Statistics: Council-Manager versus Mayor-Council in Specific Population Ranges

Local Government Longitudinal Statistics


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