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City of Tucson Government. What is the structure used by the City?. The Council-Manager Structure. The Council-Manager structure of government combines elected policymakers (mayor and council) with an appointed manager/administrator (city manager).

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City of tucson government

City of Tucson Government

What is the structure used by the City?

The council manager structure
The Council-Manager Structure

  • The Council-Manager structure of government combines elected policymakers (mayor and council) with an appointed manager/administrator (city manager).

  • Tucson has 6 partisan council-members and 1 partisan mayor. The council and mayor then appoint the non-partisan city manager.

Benefits of council manager system
Benefits of Council-Manager system

  • You the citizens of Tucson appoint the mayor and council-members through elections. This gives you the ability to help determine the Cities priorities.

  • Since the city manager is non-partisan and is not running for office through elections, this enables the city manager to focus on running the city more efficiently and to respond to issues the city faces in a non-partisan way.

The city council
The City Council

  • The council-members and the mayor set the priorities and goals of the city.

  • Next the city manager is responsible for implementing the policies and priorities set up by the city council.

  • As a citizen of Tucson you the voter have a designated council-member to go to with ideas and concerns. Your council-member is determined by where you live.

Benefit of a non partisan city manager
Benefit of a non-partisan city manager

  • Since the Tucson City Manager is non-partisan he/she has a duty to represent the whole community.

  • Increases the focus on being fair and equitable. This is because the city manager is non-partisan and their main goal is to make decisions that best benefit the city.


  • Partisan: a strong supporter of a person, group, or cause, especially one who does not listen to other people's opinions. An example would be someone whose priority is to support Democrats/Republicans etc…

  • Policies: programs or actions adopted by a person, group, or government, or the set of principles on which they are based. An example would be creating rules or ordinances that protect the environment.

More definitions
More Definitions

  • Equitable: characterized by justice or fairness and impartiality toward those involved. An example would be creating a policy that affects everyone the same. I.e. A 35mph speed limit affects everyone that drives on that street.

  • Non-Partisan: not supporting any political party: not belonging to, supporting, or biased in favor of a political party. Evaluates decisions based on merit not political affiliation.