In our Commission-City Manager form of government, the Commission is the governing body elected by the citizens. The City Manager is the Chief Executive that supervises all departments, offices, and agencies. City Manager Mark Washington is responsible to the City Commission for the administration of the City.
Elected and Appointed Officials
Our City leaders are either elected or appointed. Elected Officials pass legislation -- think laws and ordinances. The elected officials appoint others to execute and enforce the laws they make. The City Manager leads all Appointed Officials and the City organization as a whole. For more info, you can review the City of Grand Rapids Charter.