Mayor’s Powers and Duties
The Mayor is the city’s chief executive officer and is responsible for overseeing the operations of the city departments. The government of cities is divided between the mayor and the common council. In Indiana, the mayor exercises the executive authority of the city (IC 36-4-4-3) and is primarily concerned with the overall day-to-day operations. The executive authority often is exercised through a board of works, city departments and the head of those departments. The common council exercises the city’s legislative authority (IC 36-4-4-4), makes laws that govern the city and appropriates the city’s monies.
The mayor serves for a term of four years; there are no term limits on this office position. A person is eligible to serve as mayor if he or she was a resident in the city for one year prior to the election (IC 3-1-8-26). If the mayor ceases to be a resident of the city, he or she forfeits his or her position (IC 36-4-5-2). The Mayor’s powers and duties include:
- Enforcing the ordinances of the city and the statutes of the state
- Providing a “State of the City” summary to the City Council at least once per year
- Providing information regarding city affairs that the Common Council requests
- Recommending action to the City Council
- Preparing the city budget for council review
- Calling special meetings of the City Council when necessary
- Supervising subordinate officers
- Signing all bonds, deeds, contracts, and licenses issued by the city
- Appointing heads of executive departments and many board and commission members
- Suspending or removing many officers or employees appointed by the Mayor
- Setting the salaries of appointed officials and employees, subject to City Council approval
The Mayor’s office is located at 330 N. Main Street, Suite 200.
Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
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