The city manager is the chief administrative officer of the city and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Commission. The city manager is directly responsible for the daily operation and administration of the city organization, and hires employees to aid in these functions.
Employees are divided into nine departments, each headed by a director appointed by the city manager.
The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment, and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive.
Each month, the city manager publishes a monthly report detailing the activities of the City of Manhattan.