The City has a council-manager form of government. As the city’s chief administrator, the city manager is responsible for making city government run efficiently and economically.
The City Manager serves and advises the mayor and City Council, appoints most department directors and prepares a proposed annual budget for council consideration. The manager also enforces municipal laws and ordinances and coordinates City operations and programs. The manager does not appoint the police chief or the parks and recreation director, who are appointed instead by the boards they serve.
The City Manager’s Office provides staff support services to the City Council and its committee meetings, and coordinates the development and analysis of policy recommendations presented to the mayor and City Council.
The city manager interacts on a daily basis with the City’s Executive Team, consisting of the City Manager’s Office administrative staff and his department liaisons, department directors (including the chief of police and parks and recreation director, who are appointed by separate boards) and the City Auditor and City Clerk, who are appointed by the City Council.
About the City Manager
City Manager Troy Schulte has successfully led the City of Kansas City for nearly a decade, which is twice as long as the average tenure for city managers.
Schulte guided GO KC, the $800 million, 20-year infrastructure bond program, from concept to voter approval to implementation. The program is now repairing streets, sidewalks, bridges and other public infrastructure that had been neglected for generations.
Under his management, the city created a modern streetcar system that has sparked billions of dollars in economic development, as well as a Smart City program that wins worldwide attention for innovation.
Schulte has balanced billion-dollar budgets during both a recession and an economic upturn. The city created an award-winning business plan, while expanding the use of data to guide decision-making.
Additionally, Kansas City has a new convention hotel and new airport terminal on the way.
Prior to becoming city manager, Troy led the city’s budget office. He started his career as city administrator in Marengo, Iowa, and has earned advanced degrees from both Iowa State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Contact the City Manager
City Manager: Troy Schulte, 816-1408