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Cottonwood Heights has a Council/Manager form of government, which is an alternate form of government under state law. This form of government is different from state and federal governments which have separate legislative and executive departments. The Council/Manager form of government has a legislative body consisting of four council members and a mayor, who acts as chairman of the council. The mayor also serves as the representative of the city in signing legal documents and at city events of various kinds.
The council and mayor select and hire a city manager whose responsibilities are defined by state statute. The city manager is the chief administrative officer for the city and is responsible to enact the council’s policies and hire additional personnel.
State statute directs that the city have a city attorney, city treasurer, city recorder, and city finance officer. The duties for these positions are defined by statute and the appointees must be approved by the city council.
When needed, the city council will act as the Community Development and Renewal Agency (CDRA). The Community Development and Renewal Agency was created to undertake or promote urban renewal, economic development and community development within the geographic boundaries of the city. The CDRA will meet as necessary or at least once a year.
The Cottonwood Heights City Council
L-R: Mike Peterson, Tee Tyler, Kelvyn Cullimore, Mike Shelton, Scott Bracken