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The City of Atchison operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. This structure combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of a professional city manager.
 

The City Commission - also known as the Governing Body - is made up of five part-time officials elected at-large (community-wide, no districts). The City Commission's main responsibility is establishing the general policies under which the City operates.
 

City Commission members are the democratic "voice of the people" and exercise the public's will by concentrating on issues that are responsive to the needs and the wants of the citizens.
 

The City Commission accomplishes this by:
  • Enacting ordinances (laws) and resolutions (policy or guidance);
  • Approving the appointment of the City Manager and members of volunteer advisory boards and committees;
  • Reviewing and approving the annual budget, setting the tax rate, and approving the financing of City operations;
  • Establishing city fees and city utility rates;
  • Authorizing and approving contracts on behalf of the City; and
  • Monitoring city programs and services to ensure they are being accomplished in the best possible way.
An election for three of the five commission seats is held in odd numbered years. The two candidates who get the highest number of votes receive four-year terms. The candidate receiving the third highest number of votes gets a two-year term. Candidates can run for re-election as often as they wish.

 
A Mayor is annually selected by his or her fellow Commissioners to preside over the City Commission meetings, serve as a spokesperson for the community, facilitate communication and understanding among elected officials, and act as a community ambassador. A Vice Mayor is selected as an alternate to fulfill the duties of the Mayor.

 
See our Organizational Chart
 
 

The City Newsletter:  The City of Atchison Insider 

 
Introducing the City's new informational newsletter, The City of Atchison Insider, which gives you the inside scoop on what is happening in the City, from the City. Our goal is to provide information to the citizens of Atchison in order to create more awareness about what is going on within the City, including the big topics discussed at the bi-weekly City Commission meetings. Each issue will be posted below, above the previous City newsletter:  The Commissioners' Corner
 

The City of Atchison Insider: July Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  June Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  May Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  April Newsletter 
The City of Atchison Insider:  March Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  February Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  January Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  December Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  November Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  October Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  September Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  August Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  July Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  June Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  April Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  March Newsletter
The City of Atchison Insider:  February Newsletter 

The Commissioners' Corner: August 3, 2015 
The Commissioners' Corner: July 20, 2015
The Commissioners' Corner: July 6, 2015
The Commissioners' Corner: June 15, 2015
 
 
 
 
 

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