The City of Nevada operates under a home rule charter that establishes a mayor-council form of government. This structure was implemented in the early 1990s. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and is responsible for policy administration, with the assistance of an appointed professional administrator – the city administrator.
The hybrid form of government combines the strong policy leadership of elected officials with the professional expertise of an appointed chief administrative officer.
According to the City Code and under the direction of the Mayor, the City Administrator is responsible for the control and supervision of the administrative affairs of the government. The City Administrator can issue manuals, orders, rules and directives consistent with the charter, city ordinance, and city policy established by the City Council. The City Administrator is responsible for making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the city’s wellbeing.
In addition, the City Administrator keeps the Mayor and Council advised of the financial condition of the city. The City Administrator supervises the preparation of the annual budget, supervises city employees, makes personnel recommendations, manages City Council agendas and coordinates strategic planning efforts, coordinates purchases and projects, communicates and collaborates with governments, and provides overall direction and guidance to the organization.
The city organization structure includes the Mayor and City Council, City Administrator, 6 sections as indicated in the Organizational Chart (PDF).
Duties of the Nevada City Administrator include:
- Supervising enforcement and execution of Nevada’s Code of Ordinances, City of Nevada policies, and taking direction from the Nevada City Council
- Providing day-to-day supervision and direction of the administrative functions of the City government
- Employing persons for positions as approved by Nevada’s City Council, except for several positions with different administrative authority
- Obtaining professional services
- Assembling the prosed budgets of each department head
- Assisting the council to establish long-range goals for the City
- Representing the City in negotiations
- Establishing and promoting good relations with Nevada residents and Nevada’s various civic organizations
- Handling residents’ complaints, inquiries, and needs in a timely manner