The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and, as such, is
responsible for the management and administration of the city government.
It is the Mayor's duty to direct and supervise all departments of the
city, respond to inquiries of the City Commission, insure that all city
laws are enforced, prepare and submit the annual budget, sign all
contracts on behalf of the City, and co-sign all checks drawn on the
City's accounts. The Mayor's staff handles citizen complaints and special
requests. In addition, the daily operations of the Mayor’s Office
include intergovernmental affairs, economic development, administration of
grants and public relations. Agencies working out of the Mayor's Office
also provide a variety of socially-oriented services including job
placement, immigration assistance and guidance to residents facing
Manuel L. Marono, the present Mayor, has been at the City’s helm since 2002 and has worked diligently to change the city’s image from a backwoods town to a viable urban area with a plan for the future. With Florida International University directly south of the city’s boundary, the Mayor has worked to establish a partnership with FIU in many areas beneficial to both entities. FIU is assisting the city in amending its comprehensive master plan and preparing cost projections for its annexation project. Both of these projects will also benefit FIU, its students and faculty by providing more attractive housing and shopping benefits geared to the educational community.
With the main campus of FIU on the city’s south boundary and its School of Engineering on the city’s north boundary, FIU has approached the city to modify its transportation plans to include a direct walking link from the main campus to the School of Engineering for those who walk from campus to campus. Plans have been discussed to position businesses such as sidewalk cafes and internet cafes, restaurants and bookstores along the walk.
Other programs Mayor Marono has created since he became Mayor include the continuation of the citywide drainage system, a bus shuttle service free to residents, improvements to both Carlow Park and Ronselli Park, expansion of programs at both parks and a number of programs in the Police Department.
The City Clerk's Office is part of the Department of Administration and is responsible for the city's records, provides clerical support for the City Commission and all City boards and committees, issues licenses and permits, receives passport applications, provides notary services and handles all requests for city records and for general information about the city.
The City Clerk attends all meetings of the City Commission, its boards and committees, and prepares, maintains and attests to official records of all actions taken at those meetings. The City Clerk also serves as the Director of the Department of Administration, co-signs all checks and contracts and provides administrative assistance to the Mayor. In conjunction with the County Supervisor of Elections, the Clerk takes part in the preparation and operation of the City's biennial elections.