About the Commission and Appointed Officials
Mayor and City Commission
The mayor and city commission serve as the governing body of the City; they set policies and rules by which the City is operated, including establishing City goals and target issues, as well as setting City tax rates. The mayor and city commissioners each serve four-year terms. The terms of office are staggered, with elections held in even-numbered years (two seats during Presidential election cycles, and two others - plus the mayor - in mid-term election cycles). The mayor is considered to be a "leadership mayor", whose role includes presiding at city commission meetings, serving as the ceremonial head of the government, serving as the official head of the City for civil processes, and executing legal documents. The mayor is also considered the political leader of the government and is involved in dialogues and negotiations with county, state, and federal officials. Tallahassee's mayor is not considered a "strong mayor" because the position has no veto power and represents only one vote on the city commission.
Regular city commission meetings are typically held twice a month to conduct city business and provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the government process. In addition, the commission meets for workshops on specific issues. The city commission also appoints four officers to administer the duties of the city.
Four officers, appointed by the city commission, handle the administration of the City: city manager, treasurer-clerk, city attorney, and city auditor. The city manager oversees most City departments and administers the daily operation of the City. The treasurer-clerk administers records, taxation, and the City treasury. The city attorney serves as the City's legal advisor, prepares contracts, and represents the City in legal issues. The auditor reviews the policies, procedures, and accounting of City operations.
Tallahassee, Florida, a city which remembers its past while focusing on the future – a vibrant capital city: fostering a strong sense of community, cherishing our beautiful, natural environment, and ensuring economic opportunities for all our citizens.
The mission of the city of Tallahassee is to provide excellent services and facilities to support a high quality of life for our community.
Critical Success Factors
- Maintain financial stability and improve economic vitality
- Provide quality services responsive to customers
- Enhance community and neighborhood vitality
- Customer Service is our Business
- Demonstrate Leadership & Personal Responsibility
- Promote & Support Employee Excellence
- Practice Teamwork