How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?

The Town of Capitol Heights welcomes citizen participation in the decision-making process. Because professional local government management offers government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it sets the stage for citizen activism by encouraging open communication between citizens and their government. Examples range from visioning, in which citizens play a major role in determining the future of their community, to the community planning and visioning process, which involves residents through the development of citizen/government partnerships; to community-service activities. Citizens also have the opportunity to present issues to the Mayor and Council at Citizen's Forum during general session meetings; talk one-on-one with the Mayor and Council before meetings in-person, or via email or telephone, or express their concerns at a public hearing. In addition, citizens are encouraged to become members of the Town’s various committees.

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1. What is the form of government of Capitol Heights?
2. What is the council-manager form, which is used in so many local governments?
3. Is it a responsive form of government?
4. What is the Mayor and Council's function?
5. What is the Town Administrator’s function?
6. Does the Town Administrator participate in policy determination?
7. Are all council-manager governments structured the same way?
8. How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?
9. How is the Town Administrator selected?