Council-Manager Form of Government


The City of Piqua runs on a Council-Manager form of government. Take a look at this short video from ICMA that explains what a Council-Manager form of government means and the benefits of it. Click the links below for more resources:


ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. Through expansive partnerships with local governments, federal agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropic funders, the organization gathers information on topics such as sustainability, health care, aging communities, economic development, cybersecurity, and performance measurement and management data on a variety of local government services—all of which support related training, education, and technical assistance. ICMA provides support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 12,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.*

ICMA 2018 Municipal Form of Government Survey published July 2019.*




ICMA’s Municipal Form of Government survey has been conducted nine times since 1974 and is the most
comprehensive resource available on form of government, provisions for referenda or recall, terms of office,
mayoral powers, and other data pertaining to the structure of local government in the United States.*







Study Confirms Council-Manager Governments are more Ethical: Read the whole ICMA Blog Post Here


Ethics by Design: The Impact of Form of Government on Municipal Corruption – Research Article.


Abstract: While trust in government at all levels is at an all-time low, actual corruption at the municipal level has been declining. One factor often credited with this decline is the introduction of the council-manager form of government. One of the key reasons the council-manager form was created in the early 1900s was to act as an antidote to the corruption prevalent in the big-city machine politics of the era. Despite this, no one has tested whether the council-manager form has in fact influenced the decline in corruption rates. This article uses a rare events logit model to analyze corruption convictions in municipalities between 1990 and 2010 to determine which factors, including form of government, affect the probability that a corrupt act will occur. The findings indicate that municipalities with the council-manager form are 57 percent less likely to have corruption convictions than municipalities with the mayor-council form.





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