City Government

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to work with the citizens
of Decatur to meet the needs of the
community while serving all with
respect and integrity. We strive to do so with CompetenceAccessibility
Responsiveness, and Excellence. We CARE

Statement of Values 
To CARE is to value: 
Honesty and integrity 
Competence and skill 
Respect for other people 
Teamwork and cooperation  

Decatur has operated under a commission-manager form of government since 1920. The charter of the City of Decatur establishes the City Commission as the governing and legislative authority of the city government.

Commission-Manager Form of Government

Under this system of local government, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for their city, town, or county, and who hire the city manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are being equitably served. The manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. The manager is responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the commission's chief policy advisor. 


City Organization


City Organization [PDF]

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