In Moorhead, Minnesota, the City Manager ensures that the City's
day-to-day operations run smoothly. As Moorhead's chief administrative
officer, the City Manager works as the key advisor to the Mayor
and City Council. This partnership enables the Council to become
fully informed on issues, have more time to communicate with residents
and develop responsible policy.
Our City Manager also coordinates disaster responses as the Emergency
Management Director. The City Manager serves as a liaison between
federal, state and local leaders, providing the City more focused
planning and policy development.
The Mayor and City Council appointed Michael J. Redlinger as Moorhead's
fourth City Manager on February 19, 2008. Redlinger previously served as
Moorhead's Acting City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Assistant to
the City Manager. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political
Science and a Master of Science degree in Public, Human Service, &
Health Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Redlinger's professional memberships include the International
City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Minnesota City/County
Management Association (MCMA). He is a past treasurer and member of the
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees and
holds the position of trustee emeritus. Redlinger is also a former
adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he
received the 2008 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
The City Manager may be reached at (218) 299-5305 or by using the contact form.
Section 6.01. The City Manager
The city manager is the chief administrative officer of the city. The manager is chosen by the council solely on the basis of training, experience, executive and administrative qualifications. The manager is appointed by the council for an indefinite term and may be removed at any time by the council; however, after serving as city manager for one year the manager may demand written charges and a public hearing on the charges before the council prior to the date when the final removal takes place. Pending the hearing and removal, the council may suspend the manager from office. After the hearing the council may reinstate the manager or make the removal final. The council must designate some properly qualified person to perform the duties of the manager during the manager's absence or disability or while the office of manager is vacant. (Ord. 95-1, 4-17-1995, eff. 7-17-1995)
Section 6.02. Powers And Duties Of The Manager
- Subd. 1. The city manager is the head of the administrative branch of city government and is responsible to the council for the administration of the city's affairs.
- Subd. 2. The manager must ensure that this charter and the laws, ordinances of the city and the resolutions of the city council are enforced.
- Subd. 3. The manager appoints on the basis of merit and fitness and subject to applicable personnel rules, appointed officers and employees of the city, except the city attorney, who is appointed by and may be removed by the council. The manager's appointment and removal of department heads is final on approval of the council. The manager may remove or suspend appointed officers and employees subject to applicable personnel rules and this charter.
- Subd. 4. The manager directs and supervises departments, officers and agencies of the city except as otherwise provided by law or this charter.
- Subd. 5. The manager must attend meetings of the council. The manager may take part in discussion at council meetings but may not vote. The council may exclude the manager from a meeting at which the removal of the manager is considered.
- Subd. 6. The manager may recommend to the council for adoption measures necessary for the welfare of the people and the efficient administration of the city's affairs.
Section 6.03. Administrative organization
The council may by ordinance establish city departments, offices and agencies and prescribe their functions. A power or duty conferred by this charter on an office or agency may not be transferred by the council to a different office or agency. (Ord. 95-1, 4-17-1995, eff. 7-17-1995)
Section 6.04. Subordinate officers
The officers of the city are the city clerk and other officers subordinate to the city manager as determined by the council by ordinance or resolution. The city clerk is responsible for keeping public records and performing other duties under the direction of the city manager. The council may by ordinance abolish offices created by ordinance and combine the duties of various offices. (Ord. 95-1, 4-17-1995, eff. 7-17-1995)
Section 6.05. Purchases and contracts
The city manager is the chief purchasing agent of the city. Purchases and contracts are made by the manager in accordance with procedures specified by council resolution. Other contracts and bonds, instruments and documents to which the city is a party must be signed by the mayor and the city manager on behalf of the city. The council may by resolution adopt additional regulations for making city contracts. City contracts must be made in accordance with law. (Ord. 2004-21, 8-2-2004)