Oberlin is governed under the Council-Manager form of government.  Under this system of local government, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for Oberlin and who hire a City Manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are being equitably served. The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. By building public/private partnerships, intergovernmental agreements, and other collaborative relationships, the City Manager works to use all of the community’s resources to solve current problems and provide municipal services to residents.

The City Manager’s primary responsibility is to keep Oberlin running smoothly.  To do so, Oberlin’s City Manager works with the other appointed officials (Law Director, Finance Director and City Clerk) and a range of skilled individuals involved in public safety, public works, community and economic development, and many other service areas.  You can count on this team to make your community a great place to live, learn and lead!

In short, professional local government managers help to make Oberlin a place we are proud to call home!