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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