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Administration & Budget
Home Rule
Commerce City became a home-rule municipality in 1970, which means the city council may determine local laws within the city limits. Our city operates under a council-manager form of government, in which the city council sets the city vision and approves the city budget, while the city manager serves as the chief executive officer for the organization. The laws (ordinances) that govern citizen conduct are contained in the city's municipal code.

City Manager
Commerce City operates under a council-manager form of government, where an elected city council appoints a city manager, who serves as chief executive officer of the organization.

Responsibilities & Services
The city manager administers and implements the vision and objectives established by the city council, ensuring Commerce City’s vision of a "Quality Community for a Lifetime" is realized. The City Manager’s Office:
  • Works closely with city council to develop policies, propose new plans, and discuss issues that affect Commerce City residents.
  • Works with residents and members of the business community to address and solve problems.
  • Supervises all departments.
  • Monitors legislative matters and conducts intergovernmental relations.
  • Prepares city’s biannual budget and capital improvement program for city council review and approval.
  • Implements annual city council goals.
  • Communicates public information to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Prepares city council agendas and maintains city records.
  • Encourages economic development within the city.

The city manager’s office also provides city council members weekly updates that include upcoming events as well as follow-up issues raised during city council meetings.