The city operates under a City Council / Manager form of government as outlined in the City Charter. The elected City Council appoints a City Manager, who serves as chief executive officer of the organization.
It is the responsibility of the City Manager's office to provide the overall direction for the city organization in accordance with policies established by the City Council. Other responsibilities are to assure that the city operations are conducted economically, efficiently, and effectively and that the City Council and citizens' concerns are addressed.
The City Manager's duties include, but are not limited to:
Carrying out City Council goals and policy decisions
Overseeing day-to-day operations of the city
Supervise enforcement and execution of city laws
Delivery of public services in an efficient manner
Preparing and managing the city budget
Attends all meetings of the City Council
Informing and advising the City Council of any and all city matters including financial and other conditions of the city, and of its future needs
Prepares an annual budget for the City Council's consideration
Serving as the city's representative in various arenas
Issues special event permits for any person, organization, company, club, etc. desirous of holding a special event on city-owned property or facilities other than the auditorium or park shelter houses
Applications for city boards and commissions as terms expire or vacancies occur
Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington, Iowa describes the powers and duties of the City Manager.