The council utilizes both permanent and ad-hoc boards, commissions and committees, consisting of more than 100 volunteers, to perform administrative and advisory functions. The council appoints a city manager who serves as the chief administrative officer of the Town and is responsible for the daily operation of all departments.

Responsibilities of the City Manager

The city manager oversees the hiring of all Town employees, except firefighters and police officers, and prepares the agenda for Town Council meetings. The agendas and accompanying reports for Town Council meetings contain all pertinent background information and a recommendation for action on items to be considered by the council. After the council has debated an issue and has decided upon a course of action, the city manager is responsible for implementing the decision.

The city manager is assisted by approximately 400 full-time employees. An Organizational Chart (PDF) helps to illustrate the structure of Normal’s governmental operations.