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City Council/City Manager
About City Council
The council-manager form of government is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. In Lynchburg, a seven (7) member Council and Mayor are elected for four (4) year terms. Four members are elected to represent wards and three members are elected at-large. Learn More.
About the City Manager's Office
Appointed by the City Council, the City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation. The duties of this office are prescribed by the Charter of the City of Lynchburg, and include: appointment of department directors; daily execution of contracts on behalf of the City Government; preparation of an annual budget; reporting to City Council concerning the financial condition of City; and all other duties as prescribed by law, ordinance or resolution of City Council.
The City Manager’s Office for the City of Lynchburg exists to fulfill three major roles:
(1) to support City Council in its decision-making role,
(2) to serve and partner with the community, and
(3) to work with the city organization to focus, set priorities, and build capacity.
The general objectives and activities of the City Manager include:
- to study and propose alternative solutions to community needs or programs;
- interpret City Council actions to City government departments, outside organizations and citizens; and
- provide professional leadership in executing the adopted policies of City Council.