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The Mayor

Current Mayor: Nancy Backus
Term: First Term Jan 1, 2014-Dec 31,2017 (Re-Elected) Current Term: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2021
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The City of Auburn utilizes a Mayor/Council form of Government.  This means that the city has a Mayor, elected by the voters, who has “almost total administrative authority and a clear, wide range of political independence, with the power to appoint and dismiss department heads without council approval and little or no public input.

As per the City of Auburn website, the Mayor’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • “Exercises the executive power of the municipality
  • Enforces charters and ordinances of the City
  • Supervises all municipal departments
  • Fixes salaries and wages of administrative department employees
  • Supervises care and custody of City property
  • Appoints and removes department heads subject to City Council approval
  • Performs fiscal functions
  • Oversees municipal budget process
  • Reviews and analyzes municipal services, programs, and finances
  • Prepares City operating and capital budgets
  • Keeps the City Council and community informed about the business and financial condition of the City
  • Approves and signs all contracts, bonds or other instruments requiring the consent of the municipality
  • Negotiates contracts for the municipality, subject to City Council approval
  • Conducts an annual independent audit of the City’s finances
  • Executes Legislative duties

As an elected official, the Mayor is the chief presiding officer at all council meetings who has the power of (1) making policy recommendations to the City Council; and (2) approving or vetoing ordinances passed by the City Council. In addition, the Mayor:

  • Proposes legislation
  • Develops a vision and focuses on community growth and prosperity
  • Represents the City with other governments and agencies
  • Appoints volunteers to serve on the City Boards and Commissions
  • Official functions
  • Gives the annual State of the City address
  • Attends community and neighborhood meetings
  • Serves as the ambassador for the City both at home and abroad”

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