The City of Centerville was first settled in 1796, incorporated as a village in 1830 and became a city in 1968. The City operates under and is governed by its Charter, first adopted by voters in 1968. The Charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. Council is the governing body of the City elected by the public and the manager is hired by council to carry out the policies it establishes.
Centerville’s City Council consists of seven members who are all elected at-large for four-year terms, including the Mayor who is the presiding officer. Council provides legislative direction while the City Manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operation of the City based on the Council’s recommendations. The Mayor and Council are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The City Manager serves as the Council’s chief advisor. The City Manager also serves at the pleasure of the Council and is responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and managing City personnel.
The Council-Manager Form