Robert J. Lyons, City Manager
"Murfreesboro City Council and the city's administration are dedicated to meeting the present needs of city residents and charting the future of a progressive Murfreesboro. As your city manager, I believe we've been successful through outstanding leadership, the vision of the mayor and council, the hard work of our city employees and your input.
Shaping a better life in Murfreesboro will require teamwork. The team has many players: city council, administration, city employees, the business community, civic groups and all city residents. Together, as a team, we can continue to make our city a great place to live, work and play."
The day-to-day business of operating the city is the responsibility of the city manager, the chief administrator of the city appointed by the city council. Through various departments, he is responsible for providing and maintaining the essential services of the city. Acting in much the same way as a chief executive officer of a corporation, the city manager is concerned about the efficient and cost-effective operation of the city. Citizens require and depend upon the city for certain services; among them are fire and police protection, recreational facilities, parks, sanitation and streets. The city manager delegates responsibility and coordinates the many tasks performed daily by city employees.
A duty that is the direct responsibility of the city manager, however, is the preparation of the city's annual budget. The budget reflects the expected revenue and projected expenses for the ensuing year, and is the subject of public hearings. The city manager, in carrying out the responsibilities of fiscal planning and of other areas of city government, has the authority to appoint the heads of the various administrative departments and divisions.
Council determines policy and overall direction for the city through legislation, but execution of council's decisions is the paramount responsibility of the city manager.
The City of Murfreesboro has operated under a council-manager form of government since 1920 with the appointment of RE Lowe as city manager, who served until 1927. There have been five other city managers: SS Cox (1927-1946), HL McCullough (1947-1963), Clyde Fite (1963 to 1989), Roger Haley (1989-2009) and Robert J. Lyons (2009 - present).