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
Troy Schulte, who has been with the City since 1998 and was named budget officer in 2003, was appointed acting city manager by the mayor and City Council Nov. 19, 2009. Schulte was appointed city manager May 31, 2011.
Schulte’s background also includes serving three years as City Administrator for the City of Marengo, Iowa; and two years as assistant director of the Benton Development Group in Vinton, Iowa. Schulte has bachelors degrees in economics and history from Iowa State University, a masters degree in economics from Iowa State University, and a masters degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.