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City Manager Burke
Kevin Burke, Flagstaff City Manager

Kevin Burke, City Manager

Stephanie Smith, Assistant to City Manager
Ph: (928) 213-2078 

Kevin Burke is serving his sixth year as City Manager for the City of Flagstaff.  As City Manager, Burke is responsible for the daily operations of the municipal organization.  He is directly responsible for 942 employees (full and part time) and accountable for the annual operating and capital budget of $244 million. Burke was appointed City Manager in January 2008 by the Flagstaff City Council.  Prior to his appointment as Flagstaff City Manager, Burke served as the Deputy City Manager for Boulder, Colorado, Administrative Services Director for Littleton, Colorado, Town Administrator for Wellington, Colorado and the City Administrator for West Tawakoni, Texas. 

With two successful decades working in local government, Kevin Burke brings to the Flagstaff organization strong leadership that is demonstrated by a commitment to long-term community investment and a common sense approach to municipal management.   Burke works to ensure Flagstaff’s City government runs effectively, efficiently, and economically.  

Kevin Burke is a member of ICMA and serves as a Director on the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) Board.  Burke is the Chair of Northern Arizona Council of Governments Economic Development Executive Committee.  He is also an alumni member of the Flagstaff Leadership Program.  Burke serves on the Executive Committee for Flagstaff’s STEM Initiative and the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff.  Burke was recently appointed as the local government representative to the Western Regional Strategy Committee, a sub-committee of the Wildland Fire Executive Council.

About Our City Government Structure

In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council usually consists of five to nine members including a mayor (or council president) who is either selected by the council or elected by the people as defined in the city charter. The size of the council is generally smaller than that of a mayor-council municipality and council elections are usually nonpartisan.

The council provides legislative direction while the manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor. Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.

Typically, the mayor is recognized as the political head of the municipality but is a member of the legislative body and does not have the power to veto legislative actions.

For more information on the Council - Manager form of government, please visit LifeWellRun.org