The City of Seguin has a Council-Manager type government. The City Council sets policy; the City Manager administers the policies of the City. The mayor is elected at large. The council is non-partisan and weighs the needs of the entire city and conducts the affairs of the city open and responsibly.
The city manager runs the day-to-day operation of the city departments and looks to the city council for policy direction. The city manager proposes a budget prepared by city staff and the council approves or disapproves it by majority vote. The council does not carry a salary or benefits but members are paid a monthly stipend.
The mayor does not carry additional authority or weight to his or her vote, but does take on more responsibilities including running the council meetings, issuing proclamations, receiving a higher number of contacts from citizens and community groups, and participating ceremonially in many community activities among other activities. Seguin’s mayor, Betty Ann Matthies, has been very successful in stressing and personally exhibiting courtesy, civility and conciliation. Her leadership has enabled the city to advance; she has been a positive influence and definitely helped the city to progress.
The city council holds meetings on the first and third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers. Copies of the agenda and all agenda items are available at the city’s website:
In Texas, 251 of the 290 home-rule cities operate with a city council as a policy body and a city manager as the chief executive-administrative officer of city government.
The council looks to the city’s goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning.
Council members and the mayor are elected to four-year terms and may serve for two terms.
The council does not make decisions about state or federal laws/codes/regulations or interfere with school boards or roads/highways that are the province of the state.
I realize there is much more I need to learn to really educate myself about the government in my city and state – and nation. Always: further education!