How does it differ from other forms of government?
The most important difference is that it provides City Council the opportunity to select an extremely strong city manager based on his/her training, knowledge and experience rather than his/her political popularity that can in turn recruit a highly professional administrative staff. Mayor and City Council

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1. What is the Council / Manager Plan?
2. Why is it called the “Council / Manager Plan” rather than the “Manager Plan”?
3. How does it differ from other forms of government?
4. In what ways is the City Council so “extremely strong”?
5. What are the City Manager’s powers?
6. How and to what extent does the City Manager participate in policy determination?