Charlotte adopted the council-manager form of government in 1929. This form of government divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed city manager.
The mayor and city council are the "board of directors" for this municipal corporation. As such, they set policy, approve the financing of all city operations and enact ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions.
The city manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the policy and decisions made by city council and oversees the day-to-day operations of city government. It is the city manager's responsibility to ensure that all city services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner and to provide vision and leadership to the city organization.