Mary Ellen Bechtel

Assistant City Manager

 

1100 Main

P.O. Box 1708

Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

Phone:  (618) 242-6807

Fax:  (618) 242-6836

maryellen.bechtel@mvn.net

 

Nathan McKenna

Assistant to the City Manager

 

1100 Main

P.O. Box 1708

Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

Phone:  (618) 242-6802

Fax:  (618) 242-0746

nathan.mckenna@mvn.net

 

Background on the City Manager/Council Form of Government

The City Manager/Council form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a Council or other governing body with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59% of US cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47% of US cities with populations of 5,000 or more have adopted the council-manager form.

Responsibilities of the City Manager's Office

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The primary responsibility of a City Manager is to implement the policies of the elected City Council. In addition, in the City Manager/Council government, the manager assumes responsibility for:

  • Preparing the annual budget;
  • Personnel;
  • Directing day-to-day operations;
  • Attending Council meetings;
  • Recommending policies or programs to the City Council;
  • Keeping the Council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the city;
  • Supplying the Council with information to aid
  • decision-making.