The City of Anderson is governed through the Council-Manager form of government. The elected City Council establishes the policies of the city, and an appointed City Manager is responsible for carrying out those policies. The Anderson Municipal Code establishes the position of the City Manager in accordance with the Council-Manager form. The City Manager is responsible for managing the City’s human and financial resources in accordance with the policy direction of the City Council, so as to provide cost-effective, quality municipal government services to Anderson citizens and businesses.
The City Manager’s office is also responsible for economic development programs and implements initiatives focused on retaining and creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities in the community, which includes the preparation and management of grant programs, a revolving loan fund, housing programs, and redevelopment agency. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney, the Police Chief, Assistant City Manager, Finance Director, Public Works Director, Development Services Director, Community Services Director and City Clerk are appointed by, and report directly to the City Manger. All other employees of the City report through their department head to the City Manger.