Township Manager

Mission Statement

The Township Manager and staff are dedicated to facilitating the day-to-day operation of government to ensure the policies set forth by the governing body are efficiently and effectively implemented. It is the Township Manager’s responsibility to ensure the most up-to-date information is utilized when providing advice to the governing body, conducting personnel matters, and implementing numerous programs. All functions of the Township Manager’s office are conducted striving for the highest ethical standards to be maintained, and the benefit of Howell Township and its citizens at the forefront of consideration.

Manager's Responsibilities

Howell Township is served by a Council-Manager form of government. With it, a local government manager is appointed by an elected body to study issues, make recommendations, and implement policies set by an elected board while being responsible for the day-to-day administration of the organization. It is the system of government that 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. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.

The powers and duties of the Township Manager are prescribed by State statute and municipal ordinance. Responsibilities of the Manager include:

  • Implementation of all policies established by the council;
  • Preparation and submission of the annual budget for council consideration;
  • Full personnel administration from hiring through departure for all department heads and subordinates within each department;
  • Administration and supervision of all municipal departments through the department heads and other key supervisory employees;
  • Preparation and negotiation of contacts for consideration by the council;
  • Administration and maintenance of a centralized purchasing system;
  • Response to citizen requests and concerns as well as those of Township personnel;
  • Appointment of citizens to serve in volunteer capacities on certain boards, commissions, committees, etc.;
  • Participation in the preparation of council agendas and attendance and participation at council meetings; and
  • Liaison to various outside governmental agencies.