The City of Cleveland Heights operates under the council-manager form of government. In this system, the governing body, the Cleveland Heights City Council, is elected by the public and they appoint a professional trained in the business of managing government and its resources, to serve as City Manager. According to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the council-manager form of government is the most popular structure of government across America among municipalities with populations of 2,500 or greater.
Tanisha R. Briley a Cleveland native, became the ninth City Manager of the City of Cleveland Heights on August 1, 2013. City Manager Briley oversees the City’s $79 million budget and more than 565 employees in the pursuit of putting City Council’s vision, goals, and priorities into action.
The City Manager functions as the chief executive officer of the City. The City Manager provides leadership for the City organization; plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates all activities of City government; prepares and submits the annual operating budget and capital improvement program for Council approval, and is responsible for their administration after adoption.
The City Manager also serves as the chief advisor to Council members, providing them with recommendations based upon complete and objective information. The City Manager is responsible for the preparation of City Council meeting agendas and scheduling items for Council discussion and action. The City Manager carries out the decisions of the Council with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and equitable service delivery to the entire community.
City Managers operate under a professional Code of Ethics to ensure that their conduct and decisions merit the trust of the public, elected officials, and the staff they serve. The City Manager remains politically neutral and does not engage in election activity. The City Manager implements the will of the people as expressed through the City Council.
For more information on the Council-Manager form of government, visit the International City/County Management Association website.