2022 KCCMA Executive Committee
President Brian Dehner, Edgewood; 1st VP Katie Schaller Ward, Bowling Green; 2nd VP Michelle Smolen, Paducah; Member-At-Large Matt Wallingford, Maysville; and Immediate Past President John Thomas, Lebanon.

City Administrator

The city administrator form of government permits municipalities to combine the mayor-council and commission forms of city government with a trained, full time city administrator without going through the referendum process. The position of city administrative officer is similar to the position of city manager. The major difference is that the position is created by ordinance and is directly responsible to the executive authority instead of the legislative body.

  • Responsible to the mayor and commission as a whole.
  • Advises the executive in the formulation of policy.
  • Major responsibility for the preparation and administration of the city budget.
  • Advise the executive on personnel decisions, have a continuing relationship with city department heads, perform such duties as may be established by the legislative body.
  • Carry out such other duties as assigned by the executive authority.
  • Approximately 33 cities in Kentucky use this form of government.

Because the primary duties of a city administrative officer are those defined by ordinance, plus those duties delegated by the executive authority, the functions and responsibilities of the city administrators in Kentucky vary widely. The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the creation of city administrative officers in 1980 and since that time a large number of cities have adopted city administrative officer ordinances to obtain professional management without having to change the basic government plan through a referendum process.

City Manager Plan

In Kentucky, the city manager form of city government, also known as the commission-manager form, requires adoption by a referendum of the voters. The city manager plan provides clear differentiation between the policy-making function and the administrative function of government. The voters elect the city commission, a five member body composed of four commissioners elected for two year terms and a mayor elected for a four year term. The commission formulates municipal policy and adopts all local ordinances. The commission appoints the city manager.

  • Responsible to the commission for the administration of the city government.
  • The commission deals with the various city departments only through the city manager.
  • The city manager has the responsibility, by state statute, to prepare the city budget for council approval and also execute the budget after adoption.
  • The mayor presides over commission meetings and serves as the city’s ceremonial and political leader but has no administrative authority or veto power.
  • The commission also retains the final approval of all hiring and firing of city personnel.
  • The commission also retains the final approval of all hiring and firing of city personnel.
  • 19 cities in Kentucky use this form of government.

County Administrator

The position of county administrator is the newest professional local government administrative position in Kentucky. There is no specific state statute that sets out the duties or responsibilities of a county administrator, therefore these functions are established through job descriptions or county ordinances much like a city administrative officer. The county administrator is responsible to the county judge/executive.