City of Auburn Mayor Duties
The Mayor is the elected leader of the City who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City, including:
- Exercises the executive power of the municipality
- Enforces charters and ordinances of the City
- Supervises all municipal departments
- Fixes salaries and wages of administrative department employees
- Supervises care and custody of City property
- Appoints and removes department heads subject to City Council approval
- Performs fiscal functions
- Oversees municipal budget process
- Reviews and analyzes municipal services, programs and finances
- Prepares City operating and capital budgets
- Keeps the City Council and community informed about the business and financial condition of the City
- Approves and signs all contracts, bonds or other instruments requiring the consent of the municipality
- Negotiates contracts for the municipality, subject to City Council approval
- Conducts an annual independent audit of the City's finances
- Executes Legislative duties
As an elected official, the Mayor is the chief presiding officer at all council meetings who has the power of (1) making policy recommendations to the City Council; and (2) approving or vetoing ordinances passed by the City Council. In addition, the Mayor:
- Proposes legislation
- Develops vision and focuses on community growth and prosperity
- Represents the City with other governments and agencies
- Appoints volunteers to serve on the City Boards and Commissions
- Official functions
- Gives the annual State of the City address
- Attends community and neighborhood meetings
- Serves as the ambassador for the City both at home and abroad
City of Auburn City Council Duties
The City Council is the seven-member legislative body for the City of Auburn.
One of Council's main duties is the enactment of the City's annual budget. City Council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending, whether for operations (e.g., salaries) or capital items, e.g. major equipment purchases, street repairs, or other public improvements.
The regulation of land use, including the creation and amendment of zoning laws, is another significant responsibility.
While most of the proposed laws which come before City Council are referred by the Administration, City Council may also initiate legislation itself. City Council members will often propose new programs at the suggestion of City residents.
City Council members also respond annually to thousands of constituent requests, filling a crucial oversight role in the delivery of basic City services to the public.
In addition to these duties, the City Council makes decisions regarding the following:
- Approving City real estate transactions
- Issuing municipal bonds
- Approving fees and charges, such as utility fees, recreation and cultural arts
- Adopting State & Federal legislation
- Confirming City department heads and volunteer members of City Boards and commissions
- Conducting an annual independent audit of the City's finances
- Councilmembers represent the City at county, regional, state and federal committees, forums and task forces as assigned