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. As the executive branch of the local government 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.
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 city manager is hired to serve the Mayor and Council and the community and to bring to the local government the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The manager prepares a budget for the Mayor and Council's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the Mayor and Council's chief adviser; and carries out the Mayor and Council's policies. The Mayor and Council and citizens count on the manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and long-term consequences.