The City of Southlake is a Council/Manager form of government.
This form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials and the strong professional experience of a City Manager.
Southlake's home rule charter was approved on April 4, 1987.
The Mayor and City Council establish policy and law. The City Manager has responsibility for submitting the annual budget, directing day-to-day operations, advising the City Council on matters affecting the city and appointing and removing city personnel.
The Mayor's responsibilities include:
Preside at its meetings and vote
Serve as head of government for ceremonial purposes
Perform no administrative duties
Serve as spokesperson for the city
The City Council's responsibilities include:
Determine purpose, scope of services, tax levels and constitution issues
Approve new projects or programs
Make implementing decisions
Suggest management changes to manager
Oversee organizational performance through manager's appraisal
City Manager Accountability
The City Manager's responsibilities include:
Analyze conditions and trends
Develop service palette
Establish practices and procedures
Make decisions for implementing policy
Control the human, material and informational resources necessary to support the policy and administrative functions