Why doesn’t the City have a mayor?

Frustrated by lack of progress on many fronts, a citizens committee wrote the new City Charter that was ultimately approved by the voters of the city with a margin of 60%-40%. The committee and the Charter sought to remove “politics” from the governing of the municipality. In addition, the charter committee sought to professionalize the chief executive officer’s role by hiring someone based upon experience rather than seeing someone elected based upon popularity. Furthermore, although some communities have a ceremonial mayor, the charter writers were concerned that a ceremonial mayor would create a conflict in the harmonious administration of municipal government by seeking to “run” government. Thus, the idea of having anyone titled mayor was abandoned.