Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government Monthly Quiz

​True or False: In the council form of government, the administrator’s duties and responsibilities are defined by state law. 

Answer: False

The council form of municipal government is considered “government by committee” because the members of council exercise both legislative and administrative functions collectively. SC Code Section 5-7-190 provides that a council may hire an administrator and delegate all or some of its administrative authority, but is not required to do so. Since the level of delegated authority desired by councils varies by municipality, councils that want to establish an administrator position should adopt an ordinance to define the administrator’s duties and responsibilities.

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