Council-Manager Government

Did you know that the most widely used and desirable form of government in the United States is the Council-Manager?  Well, it’s true!

This type of governance allows for professional local management, and Livingston has a 53-year legacy of which it can be proud. In 1957, voters here adopted the Council-Manager form of government, which was formed under the Optional Municipal Charter Law, also known as the Faulkner Act.

Under the Council-Manager Form, the Township Council is elected at large to staggered 4-year terms and serves as the Township’s legislative body. Council members are the policy leaders elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the community they serve.

The Council:

• establishes local laws;

• appoints the Township Manager and Township Clerk;

• appoints board and committee members;

• appoints non-employee professionals, such as the Township Attorney;

• approves contracts; and

• reviews, changes and adopts the municipal budget.

For more information click here for the “Council-Manager Form of Government FAQ” compiled by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).