Local Structure


Type A General Law
The City of Stratford is incorporated as a Type A General Law City as described in Texas Local Government Code, Title 2, Chapter 6.  What this means is that the City of Stratford is governed by the statutes of the Texas Local Government Code and does not have a City Charter.  Although the City is classified in this way, Texas Local Government Code does give authority to adopt and implement ordinances and resolutions to tailor, or design, local regulations to the specific needs and desires of the community. 
For reference to Texas government code click here.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The City of Stratford governs the community by way of a council-manager form of government.  This form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager.  This establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.
Based on the separation of functions the governing body is legislative and policy oriented, and administration is the responsibility of the professional manager.
Therefore the role that the city council as elected officials consists of:
  • Acting as the communitys legislative and policy making body.
  • Acting as the communitys key decision makers.
  • Approves the budget and determines the tax rates.
  • Hires a manager to carry out responsibilities.
  • Focuses on the community goals, major projects, community growth, land use development, capital improvement and financing, and strategic planning.
The role of the professional manager consists of:
  • Serves the council and community.
  • Prepares the budget, hires, terminates, and supervises government staff.
  • Acts as the CEO of the City.
  • Serves as the councils chief advisor.
  • Carries out the councils policies.
  • Is relied upon to provide residents and council with complete and objective information about local operations, discusses the pros and cons of alternatives, and offers an assessment of the long-term consequences of decisions that are made.
  • Makes policy recommendations to the council for consideration and final decision.
In essence, the council represents their community and develops a long-range vision for its future.  They establish policies that affect the overall operation of the community and are responsive to residents needs and wishes.
To ensure that these policies are carried out and that the entire community is equitably served, the governing body appoints a professional manager.