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Interim City Manager Elaine Hart

The City of Austin operates under a Council-Manager form of government whereby the elected City Council sets policy objectives and the City Manager ensures they are carried out and administered effectively.

This form of government can be likened to the private sector relationship between a board of a corporation and its Chief Executive or Chief Administrative Officer.

In addition to implementing City Council policy, the City Manager is also responsible for the City’s daily operations.  In Austin, the City Manager oversees operations for 41 departments and offices with more than 12,000 employees, and a budget of $3.7 billion.  The City of Austin is one of the largest employers in the city..

On Oct.  1, 2016, Elaine Hart was appointed by the Mayor and City Council as the interim City Manager.

After serving Austin as City Manager for just over 8 years, Marc Ott accepted one of the highest leadership positions within this profession as Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C.

The Office of the City Manager is comprised of five Assistant City Managers, Chief of Staff and an Executive Assistant.

 The City Manager’s direct reporting groups are:

  • Austin Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Law Department
  • Office of the Police Monitor

The Services provided by the City Manager’s Office:

  • Provide centralized direction and leadership for the effective administration and operations of all municipal services for the City of Austin.
  • Submit and manage a balanced fiscal plan of municipal services in adherence with the policy goals and objectives established by the City Council.
  • Prepare and submit to the Council at the end of each fiscal year a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year.
  • Keep the Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and to make such recommendations as may be deemed necessary or desirable.
  • Employ sound managerial techniques to ensure efficient and effective utilization of the City’s resource with an emphasis on equitable service delivery.
  • Oversee the functions of constituent services, community relations and long term strategic planning.

On this site you can find more information about the work the City staff do every day to serve the Austin community.

Contact Info

Phone: 512-974-2200

Fax: 512-974-2833

Physical Address:

301 W. 2nd, 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767

Key Contact : Marc A. Ott

Phone Number : 512-974-2200