The Responsibilities of the Mayor

The duties and responsibilities of the mayor are detailed in the Rochester Hills City Charter. The mayor is the administrative and executive head of the city. The mayor is also a conservator of the peace and may exercise the powers conferred upon sheriffs to suppress disorder.

The City Charter also charges the mayor with the following powers and duties:
  • Annually present a complete report of the finances and administrative activities of the city for the prior fiscal year
  • Appoint and remove for cause directors and employees of the city
  • Appoint boards and commissions as provided by law
  • Approve administrative rules and regulations for all city departments, boards and commissions before such rules and regulations take effect
  • Be responsible for the efficient administration of all departments of the city
  • Enforce all laws and city ordinances and regulations
  • Ensure that terms and conditions favorable to the city in contracts and other instruments are faithfully kept and performed
  • Exercise a veto of any ordinance or resolution by the City Council (except those resolutions that fill a vacancy on the council, set the mayor's salary or appoint members of the Elections Commission)
  • Maintain an office during normal business hours
  • Make recommendations to the council for measures the mayor deems to be expedient or necessary
  • Oversee the Accounting Division, which is responsible for payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets and water and sewer billing
  • Perform all administrative functions of the city not imposed by law or ordinance on another city officer or agency
  • Prepare and administer the city's annual budget and keep the council and public advised of the city's financial condition and needs
  • Provide periodic reports to the council regarding the work of the city administration
  • Recommend personnel policies and procedures for the city
  • Serve as the spokesperson for the city
  • Sign contracts and other instruments on behalf of the city

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