Monday, March 4, 2013

Government: Local Government Structure



#1- Create an organizational chart on poster paper for each of the three forms of city government currently in use by Texas home-rule cities, carefully following directions for what to include in each chart. Refer to the organizational chart below for an example of such a chart.

WEAK MAYOR-COUNCIL GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters at the top and then indicate the offices of mayor and council. For this chart, assume that the mayor is chosen from among the members of the city council rather than being chosen by the voters. Then, indicate the relationship between the council and these appointed officials: city secretary, police chief, city attorney, fire chief, municipal judge, utility director, water/wastewater director, and economic director development director.

STRONG MAYOR-COUNCIL GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters and then indicate the offices of mayor, council, and city controller. Then, indicate the relationship of the mayor to appointed officials in charge of these areas: engineering services, transportation, economic development, fire, police, health and human services, parks and recreation, and public works and utilities.

COUNCIL-MANAGER GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters and then indicate the offices of mayor and city council, assuming that the mayor and the council are elected at large. Then, indicate the relationship between the council and the city manager, and the manager and officials in charge of these areas: public works and utilities, economic development, fire, police, health and human services, transportation, engineering services, and parks and recreation.


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