The City of Independence, which was incorporated in 1849, adopted a Charter in December 1961 establishing the Council-Manager form of government. Under the Council-Manager Plan, the City Council is the policy-making body, elected by the citizens of Independence.
The City Manager is appointed by the Council and is responsible for implementing and carrying out the policies of the Council. As the chief administrative officer of the City, the City Manager exercises direction over all municipal operations; appointing department directors, overseeing the enforcement of all City laws and ordinances, and managing the City's affairs.
In addition, the City Manager's office provides support to the Mayor and City Council, City boards, commissions, and committees; all other City departments; and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City.
The City Manager’s office also oversees special projects, negotiates contracts and work agreements on behalf of the City, and works closely with economic development organizations. Other responsibilities include:
- Direct the development of the City's Operating and Capital Budget
- City Communications and Public Relations
- Responding to citizen requests for information