The City of Emporia operates under a Council-Manager form of government. In the Council-Manager form of government, the Council is the governing body of the City, elected by the public, and the Manager is hired by the Council to carry out the policies it establishes. City Council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the City based on the council’s recommendations and strategic priorities. The Mayor and City Council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The City Manager serves as the City Council’s chief advisor. The City Manager also serves at the pleasure of City Council and is responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.