City Manager: Adam Brown
Office Hours : Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone Number : 503-390-3700
Fax Number : 503-393-9437
Mailing Address :
City of Keizer
PO Box 21000
Keizer, OR 97307
Since 1912 when Sumter, South Carolina, became the first community to adopt council-manager government and ran the first advertisement for a city manager, this form has become the most popular system of local government for communities with populations of 5,000 or over. In 1935 the International City Managers Association (now the International City/County Management Association) recognized 418 U.S. cities and 7 counties as operating under the council-manager form. By 1985 the number of council-manager communities had grown to 2,548 cities and 86 counties in the U.S. Today more than 3,056 U.S. cities and 144 counties operate under this system of local government.
The council-manager form continues to gain popularity. During the past 12 years, an average of 44 U.S. cities annually have adopted the council-manager form, while only an average of two have abandoned it. The form also is flexible enough to meet the needs of larger communities, including Dallas, Texas (population 1,006,877); Kansas City, Missouri (435,146); Cincinnati, Ohio (364,040); Phoenix, Arizona (983,403); San Jose, California (782,248); and San Diego, California (1,110,549).
Functioning much like a business organization's chief executive, the appointed professional manager administers the daily operations of the community. Through a professional staff, the manager ensures the provision of services and enforces the policies adopted by the elected council. The manager is selected by the council on the basis of education, training, and experience. Qualifications and performance, not political savvy, are the characteristics that make an appointed manager attractive to a council .
Appointed local government managers have no guaranteed term of office or tenure. They can be dismissed by the council at any time, for any reason. As a result, they constantly must respond to citizens and be dedicated to the highest ideals of honesty, integrity, and excellence in the management and delivery of public services. In short, appointed managers are charged with providing government "for the people".
Because caring for and tendering the public trust is of critical importance, professional managers are bound by a code of ethics that guides their actions on a daily basis. These ethical standards are listed below:
City Manager: Adam Brown