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This charter resolution would change Riverdale Park's form of government from a Mayor - Council to a Council - Town Manager form of government.

The key distinction here is the hiring and firing authority over department heads. Under a Town Manager form, the professional appointed Town Manager supervises the department heads, i.e., Police Chief and Public Works Director.   The mayor will no longer do direct supervision of those department heads, but the Mayor and Council would have direct control over the Town Manager, who runs the operations of the town. Based on a new rule adopted by the Riverdale Park Mayor and Council this year, all department heads shall have renewable two-year employment contracts.

Under this form of government, the voters are at the top of the government. The voters elect a Mayor and Council who set the policy objectives and laws for the town. The Council has oversight authority over the Town Manager and only a vote of the Council could remove the Town Manager.

Please refer to Mayor Michael Herman's article, "Modern Government in America a Call for a New Management Form" in the March 2003 issue of the Riverdale Park Town Crier.

Further public presentations and deliberation on the aforementioned proposal will occur on Monday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chamber. Your attendance is encouraged.

Copies of Resolution 2003-CR-03 are available at the Riverdale Park Municipal Center, 5008 Queensbury Road, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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