The council-manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.
Appointed by the City Council, the city manager is the chief administrative officer for the City of Manistee. The city manager is primarily responsible for the efficient administration of all city departments; the enforcement of all city laws and ordinances; the appointment of certain city department heads, with the consent of City Council; to fully advise the council on policies, affairs, financial conditions and the needs of the city; the enforcement of any franchises, contracts or agreements and the recommendation and administration of an annual city budget.
On September 13, 2021 the City of Manistee welcomed Bill Gambill who was appointed by City Council as the new City Manager.