Transportation Policy — Part III

Indirect Policy-Making: Appointments, Budgeting, and Oversight

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“The 2000 City Charter revisions moved a lot of power to the Mayor, mostly by allowing him to remove GM’s and commissioners without cause. However, the City Charter still designates commissions as the legal “head” of many departments. This can put a GM in a tough position — the Mayor can fire them, but they are required to follow the direction of the commissioners who are officially their boss. Further complicating things, the City Council can always assert jurisdiction and veto a commission action, thus making the chair of the committee with jurisdiction of that department — and the Council president — de facto bosses for the GM as well.

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