Office of the City Manager
ABOUT CITY OF SAVANNAH GOVERNMENT
The City of Savannah operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Savannah City Council appoints the City Manager to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the City, responsible for annual budget development and advising council on policy issues.
The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the City of Savannah, the state’s second largest municipal corporation (excludes consolidated governments) with a $425M budget and 2,400 employees.
The City Manager leads an Executive Leadership Team of five Offices--
Police, Fire, Operations, Infrastructure and Development, and Community Services--to manage the organization day-to-day and provide administrative leadership to some 30 departments and service centers. The administrative team not only implements the policies that Council adopts but also works with Council to develop a strategic vision/mission with core values for the community and the organization and sets the goals and objectives to achieve. The City’s Charter, adopted in 1954, prescribes the City Manager’s powers and duties.
Powers and duties generally (City Code Section 3-108). Key duties:
- Serves as Chief Executive Officer and head of the administrative branch of City government.
- Responsible to the Mayor and Council for proper and efficient administration of the City government.
- Approves all claims (payments) and executes contracts.
- Takes part in discussion during Council meetings, stated and special, but cannot vote.
- Recommends to Council programs and services as deemed necessary and to improve efficiency.
- Prepares and submits the annual budget and service plan that sets priorities and then tracks revenues and expenditures to deliver those services with measures to safeguard financial health and security, operate in an effective and efficient manner and maintain City’s assets. Prepares and submits to City Council a recommended capital improvement plan that sets priorities for capital repair and investment to improve and maintain community services and organizational assets.
- Submits an annual report on the government’s finances within 90 days at end of each fiscal year.
- Keeps the Mayor and Council advised of the City’s financial condition (quarterly reports).
City Manager Bio
Patrick Monahan has served as City Manager since June 2019. With 31 years in local government, including 28 years as Assistant County Manager for Chatham County, he left retirement and accepted the appointment for one year to help lead the City during a transition period until selection of a new City Manager. Major accomplishments include:
- Prepared and Council adopted the FY 2020 Budget and Service Plan. The only local government to adopt the rollback millage rate, the City also implemented a Classification and Compensation Plan to return competitiveness to pay ranges and salaries, implemented recommendations from a Disparity Pay Study to return fairness to pay ranges and salaries, especially in Public Safety, and adopted a Living Wage Standard. The FY 2020 Budget includes a major investment in deferred capital replacement and investment in infrastructure and equipment. The City’s Fund Balance has increased to an equivalent three months of operating expenses (GFOA recommends at least two months) to help maintain the City’s AA+/AA1 bond rating.
- Approved the 2020-2026 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax resolution that will provide $156 million in capital funds to the City from 2020 through 2026. 80% of funds will be dedicated to infrastructure improvements ($67 million, drainage; $22.7 million, street paving; $6.5 million, sidewalks; $10 million, blighted property acquisition). The sales tax program becomes effective October 1, 2020.
- Broke ground on the $165 million Arena and awarded initial construction packages. Completed design and started construction on the Highlands Fire Department. Opened the Central Police Precinct and the Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC).
- Approved P3 Development Agreements to construct a public riverfront park and infrastructure for the Marina Village (Parcel 5) on Hutchinson Island and improve pedestrian access to East River Street. The P3 Agreements use incremental new taxes to fund new public infrastructure with new revenue sources. In addition, the City closed out the P3 project for the West River Street Riverwalk extension and West River Street streetscapes project, which complemented $400 million in private investment for a commercial revitalization project.
- Implemented final phase-in to increase the freeport exemption to 100% for manufacturing and to 100% for fulfillment centers related to e-commerce to foster job creation and private investment.
- Expanded technology in Savannah Police Department, including expansion of Flock cameras, Shotspotter technology, automated license tag readers, mobile fingerprint readers, and electronic ticketing.