City Manager's Office


The primary responsibility of a city manager is to carry out the policies of the elected City Council. In addition, in the council-manager government, the manager assumes responsibility for: preparing the annual budget, hiring personnel, directing day-to-day operations, attending council meetings, recommending policies or programs to the City Council and keeping the council fully advised on financial and other conditions of the city.

The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59% of US cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47% of US cities with populations of 5,000 or more, have adopted the council-manager form.

The City Manager’s Office provides centralized direction and leadership for the effective administration of the City staff departments. The City Manager’s Office prepares and submits to the City Council a balanced budget of municipal services in adherence with the policy goals and objectives established by the City Council. 

Watch this video about the role of City Managers in local government.

General & Administrative Budget

The general and administrative budget includes funding for City Council, City Manager’s Office, Finance Department and City Hall maintenance and operation.

The City Manager's budget message summarizes the policies, programs and services for the coming year.

The City Manager's office has emphasized customer service through the Service Excellence program. The program's mission is for all city employees to provide excellent service, promote safe and livable neighborhoods and strong and sustainable financial and economic health, and engage the community in participating in city government. The Service Excellence program focuses on treating customers with respect; exceeding standards that customers expect; delivering value and quality service and to provide convenience and one-stop shopping with unavoidable delays and referrals.

TVA Sustainable Communities Program

The City of Murfreesboro is honored to have been recognized as a Valley Sustainable Gold Community by the TVA. This achievement demonstrates our community's commitment to sustainable practices that support long-term economic development. 

Murfreesboro was first awarded gold status in 2014 and re-certified its gold status in August 2017.