Madison Heights is a town in southeast Michigan with about 29,000 people. The town uses a council-manager form of local government in which the city council is led by an appointed government manager. This form of government combines a system of representation (the elected council) and appointment (the professionally trained manager). The council serves as a legislative body, while the manager assists in the administration responsibilities of carrying out council projects and policies. The city’s mayor also plays a part in local politics, presiding at council meetings and serving as a community spokesperson and facilitator between elected officials, appointed officials, and community members. Together, the mayor, city council, and city manager operate the city.
Approximately 89 million people across the United States live in towns or cities that use a council-manager form of local government.