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4.9.3 Staff and budget



  1. The chief of staff leads the Office of the Mayor.

  2. The chief executive manages general employment and administrative matters in relation to the chief of staff; the chief executive should also bring significant issues to the mayor’s attention.

  3. The Office of the Mayor may include political appointments and general staff. These staff members are council employees or contractors and are subject to council employment policies. 


  1. The governing body allocates the office a budget in each annual plan or long-term plan; this cannot be less than 0.2% of the council’s total budgeted operating expenditure for the year [1]. The office must be established within this budget, including staff, contractors and administration.

  2. The mayor and the office may use this budget to support the mayoral role and may retain funds for specific projects.



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