Q: Tonight’s city commission meeting is when Manhattan’s next mayor is sworn in. The assumption is that Commissioner Loren Pepperd will become mayor. However, I wonder how he knows for certain that will be the case? State statute only says that “the commission shall choose its own chairman annually.” It doesn’t specify how the commission goes about making that choice. Commissioner Pepperd seems to think it’s a foregone conclusion because he’s invited people to a reception at the Discovery Center after the commission meeting. Do all cities with city manager forms of government choose their mayors the same way?
The same statute also says that “the commission shall…determine its own order of business.” Again, it doesn’t specify how the commission does that? So, how does the commission determine its order of business? Is that the responsibility of the city manager? The mayor? The city manager in consultation with the mayor? Do all cities with city manager forms of government determine their own order of business the same way?
As an aside, who’s paying for the reception for Mayor Pepperd, if he indeed is the next mayor? Are any public funds being used? Since the Discovery Center is a city-owned and operated building is it available free of charge for a reception for the incoming mayor?