4.5.1 General principle – mutual respect of institutional roles


  1. The mayor is leader of the council’s governance arm and the chief executive is the leader of the council’s operational and service delivery arm. A professional boundary is maintained between these functions. For more information see Section 3.2.9: Relative responsibilities of the chief executive and elected members

    • Elected members, including the mayor, are responsible for governance and for setting council policies. This includes making appropriate delegations to the chief executive.

    • The chief executive is responsible for the council’s administration, operations and service delivery.

  2. As the council’s elected leader, it is critical the mayor maintains the integrity of institutional boundaries and respects the impartiality and professionalism of council staff.



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