How is the City of Carbondale governed?

The City of Carbondale has a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and six City Council members are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms in non-partisan elections. The City Council acts as the policy making body for the City and hires a City Manager as the Chief Administrative Officer. The Mayor is the official head of the City.

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1. What’s the City Manager’s function?
2. How is the City of Carbondale governed?
3. Does the City Manager participate in policy determination?
4. How much citizen participation is possible under council-manager government?