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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

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Duties of the City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission, based on professional training and qualifications, to carry out the Commission’s policies and decisions and to ensure that the entire community is being efficiently and effectively served.  The City Managers’ duties and responsibilities as outlined in State law (KSA 12-1011 to 12-1015) include the following:

  • The administration of the City's business shall be the responsibility of the manager.
  • The manager shall be appointed by the Commission and shall hold office at the pleasure of the board.
  • The manager shall be chosen solely upon the basis of administrative ability.
  • The manager shall receive a salary fixed by the Commission.
  • The manager shall be responsible for the administration of all the affairs of the City.  He shall see that the laws and ordinances are enforced.
  • The manager shall appoint and remove all employees of the City and all appointments shall be upon merit and fitness alone.
  • The manager shall be responsible for the discipline of all appointive officers and may, without notice, cause the affairs of any department or the conduct of any employee to be examined.
  • The manager shall prepare and submit the annual budget to the governing body.   
  • The manager shall keep the City Commission fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the City.
  • The manager may make recommendations to the Commissioners on all matters concerning the welfare of the City.
  • The manager shall have a seat, but no vote, in all the public meetings of the governing body.
  • All department heads shall make regular reports to the manager.