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The City of Great Bend, Kansas, has a Mayor/Council City with a City Administrator. Together the Mayor and City Council are referred to as the Governing Body. The Governing Body generally meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1209 Williams. The Governing Body is responsible for the efficient and effect administration of affairs of the City through the establishment of policies, practices and directives.
The Mayor is the chief executive head of the City. The position is elected to a term of two years in an election that occurs in November of each odd numbered year. The Mayor presides at city council meetings. The position is vested with the powers that are defined by city code, state law and as may be conferred by enactment of the council
The City Council is composed of eight positions. Two positions are elected from each of the four wards of the City. One position from each ward is elected in even numbered years with the other position of each ward is elected in odd numbered years. Positions that may become vacant during a term are filled by action of the Governing Body. The city council elects a president of the council each year. The president of the council presides at council meetings if the Mayor is unable to attend. The president of the council becomes the Mayor in the event of a vacancy in the office.
The City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the City. The position is responsible for the day to day operation of the City and works with the other department heads to carry out the policies, practices and directives of the Governing Body. The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The other department heads are the City Clerk, the City Engineer, the City Attorney, the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief, the Director of Public Lands and the Director of Public Works. At this time the City Engineer position and the Director of Public Works are not filled. In the matter of such a vacancy the City Administrator becomes the department head.