Mission Statement

To provide the citizens of Sanford with efficient and effective services that meet their needs and to deliver them in a friendly and courteous manner. To manage and direct all activities of City government in a manner consistent with the City Charter, Code of Ordinances, and as directed by the Mayor and City Commissioners.

Role of City Manager

As the Mayor and City Commissioners serve on a part-time basis, they hire a full-time professional city manager who serves as the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the city government.  The city manager’s duties and responsibilities consist of running the day-to-day operations of the municipality. This particular position is similar to that of a chief executive officer (CEO) in the private sector. As opposed to reporting to the Board of Directors, the city manager reports to the elected body, the City Commission.

The city manager is responsible for the administration and management of the budget, as well as all internal personnel matters, including but not limited to hiring and/or removal of all city personnel as governed by the city’s Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and the City Charter. The city manager assist with developing and establishing communitywide goals and objectives in working with the City Commission and other stakeholders in the community to ensure that the community’s best interest are always considered in the decision-making process. The city manager also acts as a liaison to other municipalities as well as other local, state, and federal agencies. The city manager is a politically neutral position. It is also the duty and responsibility of the city manager to be an advocate and a strong proponent for philanthropic and social services that provide an added benefit to the residents of Sanford. This includes, but is not limited to, the attendance at public functions and activities. The city manager’s office is a community resource for all individuals who reside and conduct business within Sanford’s municipal boundaries.


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City Manager form of government

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.

In support of the ICMA's  "Life Well Run" Campaign, the following video was prepared by the International City/County Management Association to raise awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities we're proud to call home. Local managers play an important role in making local government and the services it provides more effective, efficient, ethical, and transparent.