The citizens of Ridgefield adopted the council-manager plan of government in 1999. Under this form of government, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for the city and then appoint a city manager to carry out public policy and ensure that all residents are being well served. The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government manager.
The City Manager is chief executive officer and the agent of the City Council in carrying out its decisions and policies. He is appointed by, and responsible to, the Council for proper administration of City affairs for an indefinite term. The Manager serves at the discretion of the Council. He is responsible for the proper administration of all matters related to the City including preparation of an annual budget, hiring and firing of City employees, supervision or City government, implementation of Council policies and advising the Council on administrative questions.
The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. By building public/private partnerships, the city manager targets all of the community resources to solve current issues.
The current City Manager is Steve Stuart.
Steve Stuart’s career has focused for the past 18 years on public service for Washington communities.