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What is the council-manager form, which is used in so many local governments?
The council-manager form 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 Rockville, a five-member Mayor and Council are elected at-large in non-partisan elections. Their terms are for four years.

Council-Manager Form of Government

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1. What is the council-manager form, which is used in so many local governments?
2. Is it a responsive form of government?
3. What is the Mayor and Council's function?
4. What is the city manager's function?
5. Does the city manager participate in policy determination?
6. Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
7. How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?
8. How is the city manager selected?
9. Can the city manager be fired?