§ 35.05  CITY GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE.
   (A)   Mayor.  The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and carries out the responsibilities specified in the code of ordinances. When present, the Mayor is the presiding officer at meetings of the City Council. The Mayor has veto powers authorized by the Iowa Code. The Mayor appoints all board and commission members as provided for in this chapter. The roles of these committees are detailed in the Board and Commission Manual, which is consistent with I.A.C. § 372.14.
   (B)   Mayor Pro Tem.  The Mayor Pro Tem is vice president of the City Council. When the Mayor is absent or unable to act, the Mayor Pro Tem shall perform the Mayor’s duties. The Mayor Pro Tem retains all of the powers of a Council member while performing the duties of the Mayor.
   (C)   City Council.
      (1)   The City Council is the legislative body elected by the citizens of the city to make laws and policies for the community. The Council approves the budget and determines the tax rate, among other required duties set forth in the Iowa Code and code of ordinances. The Council is responsible for major issues, such as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing and strategic planning. The Council appoints the City Administrator, who is tasked under the code of ordinances with the supervision of the city staff and with carrying out most day-to-day functions of the city government when the Council is not in session. The Council supervises and evaluates the City Administrator’s performance.
      (2)   The role of a City Council member is similar to being a member of the board of directors of a large business. The City Council provides a focal point, or the conscience of the community. It is not the job of Council members to become directly involved in the daily operations of the city. The City Administrator and the department directors are responsible for overseeing the implementation of services. The Council sets the level of services and the policies by which the city operates.
   (D)   City Administrator.  The City Council shall select a City Administrator, who serves as the Chief Administrative Officer, and shall evaluate his or her performance on a routine basis. The City Administrator shall work with, coordinate and supervise the department directors who have the knowledge, ability and expertise to manage their departments, including day-to-day operations, personnel supervision and assignment, expenditures within the limitations of the city budget, the administration of laws, rules and regulations applicable to their departments, and staffing. Except for the purposes of fact-finding, City Council members shall deal with the administrative agencies of the city through the City Administrator.
(Res. 2017-287, passed 10-9-2017)