The Municipal Charter, which was enacted in 1980, set up a Mayor-Council-Manager form of government. The Charter was amended by the voters in 1990, 2000, 2005 and again in 2010.
The Mayor is elected by popular vote, performs ceremonial functions, recommends appointment of and acts as supervisor of the City Manager, is presiding officer of Council, is an ex-officio member of all Council Committees, appoints the Clerk of Court, and may veto Council-passed legislation.
The popularly elected seven member City Council is the legislative body and possesses exclusive appropriations powers. Council appoints the Law Director, Finance Director, City Engineer, and concurs on the Mayor’s appointment of the City Manager. Council also makes citizen appointments to several boards and commissions. There are four standing Council Committees which Council appoints: Finance, Rules, Service, and Safety.
The City Manager is the chief administrator of the City, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the municipality and municipal employees and appoints all employees not appointed by Council.
Growth management issues continue to dominate the public agenda. Elected officials, as well as citizens of the area, hold strong and varying views regarding housing density, growth of industrial and commercial areas, transportation, residential growth, provisions of utility services, comprehensive planning, annexation by Pickerington and other cities, and ultimate appropriate area growth.