Government

City Manager Form of GovernmentCity Hall of Cleveland Heights

The City of Cleveland Heights operates under the council-manager form of government which combines representative leadership through elected Council members with the professional managerial experience of a 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.  This form of government can be likened to the private sector relationship between a board of a corporation and its Chief Executive or Chief Administrative Officer.

The Cleveland Heights City Council consists of seven members elected on an at-large basis for four-year terms. 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, who implements Council policy and oversees the day-to-day operations of the City. Cleveland Heights has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1921.

For more information on the Council-Manager form of government, visit the International City/County Management Association website.