Meet Your Manager
Jim Landon became City Manager of the City of Palm Coast in January 2007. Before coming to Palm Coast, Landon served as city manager of Lancaster, Texas, for nearly five years and previously held city manager positions in Missouri and Oregon. He began his career as a land use planner for Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada, then held planning positions in Colorado and Oklahoma.
With that strong background in planning, Landon now specializes in development, infrastructure and planning – all important issues for fast-growing Palm Coast. In May 2013, Landon received the Florida City and County Management Association's Award for Career Excellence. A native of Arizona, he grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree in geography from Oregon State University and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. He and his wife, Tresea, have two grown children and a granddaughter.
The Council/Manager Form of Government
The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 5,000 or more have adopted the council-manager form.
The Mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, determining the tax rate, and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the City's public function. The manager is appointed by council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.
Responsibilities of the City Manager's Office
The primary responsibility of a city manager is to implement the policies of the elected City Council. In addition, in the council-manager government, the manager assumes responsibility for:
- Directing day-to-day operations;
- Preparing the annual budget;
- Overseeing personnel matters;
- Recommending policies or programs to the City Council;
- Keeping the council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the city; and
- Supplying the council with information to aid decision making
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