The purpose of governance is that the council, on behalf of the people of the City, guarantees the accountability to the people of City government by assuring that it:
To achieve excellent results for our community, we use the carver governance model. The carver model is a system for organizational governance that defines and guides appropriate relationships between the city council, the city manager and city staff.
The City of Burnsville is a Statutory Plan B city. Under Plan B, the council operates on behalf of our community’s interests, the city manager serves as a chief executive officer, responsible for management of the organization. The city council sets expectations for the city manager and holds the chief executive accountable for results. In turn, the city manager is responsible for carrying out the council’s expectations by giving staff direction that supports that policy. This structure is designed to translate the wishes of the community into results:
Working effectively together means we all understand our roles and responsibilities.
The council approaches its tasks with an emphasis on future visions, diversity of viewpoints, strategic leadership, and collective and proactive decision making.
The council will:
While the council’s job is generally confined to establishing broad policies, implementation and subsidiary policy development is delegated to the city manager. The city manager’s performance will be considered to be synonymous with organizational performance as a whole.
The city manager and senior leadership will:
We are committed to governing in a way that is responsive and professional, aligned with our vision and values, and respectful of our community’s diversity and needs.
Learn more about Burnsville’s council, governance and operations in the full policy:
Governance Policy Notebook - PDF, 14 pages