Administration Department is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the City Council and coordinating the operations of City government and all departments. The department supports the work of the City Council by managing council agendas and directing the flow of information and requests for action to the Council, oftentimes by performing research, writing reports, and making recommendations. In addition, Administration provides general oversight, supervision, and consultation to all other departments and consultants in the City.
Some responsibilities include:
- Achieving goals set by the City Council
- Administering elections
- City communications
- Compiling City Council agendas
- Hiring and employment action
- Issuing licenses
- Labor negotiations
- Representing the interests of the City with the State and other agencies
- Working with the City Council and other elected officials
Appointed by the City Council, the City Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible for the proper administration of all departments, functions, and affairs. The Administrator manages, leads, and evaluates all administrative, financial, and public services according to established ordinances, policies, and procedures of the City Council and/or Minnesota State law. They work under the general direction from the Mayor and the City Council and are responsible for the implementation of all policies set by the City Council.