The Department of Administration is responsible to the Mayor for the general administration of the affairs of the municipality. Functions of the office include oversight of City departments, economic development initiatives, policy development, and addressing citizen concerns.
You will generally find Administration staff in the office for the general supervision and operation of administrative departments. However, you might find them out in the City, working closely with the various department heads to obtain up to the minute information on any developments and work being done by the City's dedicated employees or following up on citizen concerns.
Why do we have an Administrator and a Mayor?
The City of North Canton is a Charter City. The City Charter establishes that the responsibility for administration of the City shall be with the Mayor, as executive, and the Director of Administration. The Director of Administration is responsible to the Mayor for the general supervision and proper operation of administrative departments in the City. Having both a Mayor and an Administrator allows the City of North to have the benefits of both and elected executive directly responsible to the public and a professional manager to advise them.
The Mayor appoints a Director of Administration and that individual becomes official upon confirmation by the North Canton City Council.
Responsibilities of the Department of Administration
The Department of Administration is the primary policy development and implementation office of the City. The Department will craft policies to suggest to City Council reflecting current areas of concern in the City. All of these policies are designed to make living in North Canton better for all residents.
As policies are developed and implemented they will be discussed at City Council.
The Department of Administration is responsible for managing the economic development initiatives of the City. The director of Administration is frequently involved in negotiating incentives, assisting local businesses, and managing the City's land banking efforts.
For more information on economic development check out our Economic Development page.
The Department of Administration functions as the supervisory authority for City Departments. Administration tracks City projects, initiatives, and problems, and works closely with City departments to ensure they are completely as efficiently as possible.
Protecting Human Capital
Administration also functions as the Human Resources department for the City responsible for most employees. This includes listening to grievances and complaints; completing annual performance evaluations, and overseeing the hiring process for new employees.