City Manager's Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as the common council may deem necessary.

  • Performs all duties and activities associated with the position of City Manager as set forth under the laws of the United States, the Statutes of the State of Wisconsin (Chapter 64 – City Manager Plan), and the ordinances of the City of Whitewater, as they may be amended from time to time.
  • The City Manager shall have the power to appoint all heads of departments, all subordinate city officials and all city employees and to remove such appointees at any time their services or the conduct of their offices becomes unsatisfactory to him/her. This subsection shall not be construed as depriving the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners or the Chiefs of the Fire or Police Departments of any powers conferred by s. 62.13. (Chapter 64.11(3) Wisconsin Statutes)

Additional Duties and Responsibilities


The following duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned:

  • Directs and coordinates administration of city government in accordance with policies determined by the Common Council.
  • Responds to and addresses citizens’ concerns and questions.
  • Provides oversight of personnel functions including staffing, equity, evaluation, liability, and compensation.
  • Represents the City of Whitewater as a spokesperson with other governments, interest groups, associations, citizens, community activities, and the media.
  • Negotiates staff wage and benefit agreements on behalf of the Common Council.
  • Provides professional advice to Common Council, Boards, and Commissions.
  • Works closely with each department to plan and coordinate functions to ensure effective service to the public and efficient conduct of all municipal affairs.
  • Facilitates annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for Common Council approval.
  • Coordinates budget development and presents to Common Council for approval.
  • Provides leadership in the development of strategic plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.
  • Coordinates and maintains rapport, and represents the interests of the City to the State, Counties, surrounding townships, Whitewater Unified School District and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
  • Prepares Council agendas and documentation; attends all meetings of the Common Council; provides data regarding issues for adoption by the Common Council; participates in other meetings as required or as needed.
  • Attend professional development conferences, meetings and workshops.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; assures sound fiscal control, effective use and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Investigates, prepares and expedites applications for state and federal grants-in-aid.