A full-time City Manager would have the education and experience required to administer the city’s operations. The City Manager would have expertise in managing departments and preparing budgets. A professional manager who understands how to motivate and evaluate staff would make the city more responsive to the citizens and would better enable us to hire and retain highly qualified people.
An elected Mayor may or may not know how to manage a complex organization or even be interested in overseeing day-to-day operations of the city. Mayors are elected based on their ideas and visions rather than their administrative skills.