Government

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The City of Cleveland Heights, since it was chartered in 1921, has operated under the council-manager form of government, which combines representative leadership through elected Council members with the professional managerial experience of a City Manager. City Council consists of seven members elected on an at-large basis for four-year terms, with either three or four seats up for election every two years. Currently, the City Council elects one of its members as Council President who presides at all meetings and another as Vice President. The City Council appoints a professional City Manager to serve as the chief executive, who implements Council policy and oversees the day-to-day operations of the City.

On November 5, 2019, voters approved an amendment to the City’s charter to revise the structure of its government into a mayor-council from of government. Under the amended charter, in November 2021 voters will directly elect a mayor as the City’s chief executive. The mayor will take office on January 1, 2022, and appoint a City Administrator, with council approval, to run day-to-day operations. Until then, the city will continue under the council-manager form. After the mayor is elected, that office will have executive responsibilities for leading and managing the government, and council will maintain its current legislative, policy-making, and fiscal responsibilities.

View and download the Elected Mayor Charter Amendment (PDF).

View and download proposed changes to the Cleveland Heights Codified Ordinances.