City Form of Government

By City charter, approved on February 7th, 2004, the City of El Paso operates under a council-manager form of government. This system combines the strong political leadership of elected officials, in the form of City Council, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. All power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professionally trained manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services.

Functions of City Council: Functions of City Manager:
  • Respond to citizen concerns
  • Represent various segments of the community
  • Appoint and direct City Manager
  • Enact ordinances and resolutions
  • Approve budget
  • Determine tax rates
  • Serve Council and community
  • Administer local government projects and programs
  • Recruit, hire and supervise government staff
  • Serve as Council's chief advisor
  • Carry out Council policies
  • Prepare budget for Council consideration

Out of 199 cities with populations numbering 100,000 or more, 113 use the council-manager form of government, with the City of El Paso being the latest. The council-manager form is adaptable to local conditions and preferences, and costs to local government are frequently reduced with competent management. These savings can include reduced operating costs, increased efficiency and productivity, improved revenue collection, or effective use of technology.