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/Mayor who presides at all meetings and another as Vice President/Vice Mayor. 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 managing government, and council will maintain its current legislative, policy-making, and fiscal responsibilities.