The mayor, council, councillors, Chief Executive Officer and administration all play an important role in the successful operation of a local government. Having a good understanding of these roles contributes significantly to good governance.
This section looks at the purpose of these roles in local government, how each relates to and interacts with other roles and what the key responsibilities are.
As the leader of the council, the mayor has a number of roles which are both legislative and functional.
Councillors must balance the interests of the whole municipality and their constituents.
The CEO creates a positive culture of good governance for councillors and officers.
The administration implements council strategies, provides advice and supports councillors.
Councillors should always be aware of which role they are playing at any particular time.
The CEO has a critical role to play in supporting good governance.
The mayor’s leadership skills can help all councillors work as an effective group.