CCritique: City Council Manage

City council-managers came about in response to muckraking in the early 1900s.Corruption in the government led Richard Childs to create a new system of local government administration.He borrowed ideas from the business CEO – Board of Directors model and applied it to local administration.This took the balance of power away from the mayor as chief political and administrative officer and placed a city manager as head of administration above an assembly of council members.
The council-manager form of government places one city manager responsible to the mayor and the city council members.Council members are elected from each ward in the city, which can be divided into seats.This equal representation of each member in the council diffuses the power of the city into smaller subsections, allowing greater attention to be paid to specifics in each city region as opposed to the strong mayor form of government in which one person would be responsible for administering the entire city.Further balance is made as the council members are subordinate to the city manager, who can focus entirely on the city's administration, free of feeding political desires that strong mayor systems are apt to fall subject to.
City-council form of government succeeds in cities with less than 25,000 citizens.Larger cities face situations where citizens might get frustrated with the bureaucracy of city hall, desiring one strong head that has both political and administrative accountability that singularly holds power to make change.Strong mayor systems work well in large cities that are in need of change that can be delivered with every election.The strong mayor form allows for each election to bring about great change in administration, based on the bias of each elected mayor.
Greatly problematic in the strong mayor system is that long term goals are usually never achieved; as each new mayor introduced, his policies take prior…

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